USN-1695-1: RPM vulnerabilities

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1695-1

17th January, 2013

rpm vulnerabilities

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 11.10
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


RPM could be made to crash or run programs if it opened a specially crafted package file.

Software description

  • rpm - package manager for RPM


It was discovered that RPM incorrectly handled certain package headers. If
a user or automated system were tricked into installing a specially crafted
RPM package, an attacker could cause RPM to crash, resulting in a denial of
service, or possibly execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package version:

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:
Ubuntu 11.10:
rpm 4.9.0-7ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS:
rpm 4.7.2-1lubuntu0.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.


CVE-2011-3378, CVE-2012-0060, CVE-2012-0061, CVE-2012-0815