USN-2084-1: devscripts vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2084-1

21st January, 2014

devscripts vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 13.10
  • Ubuntu 13.04
  • Ubuntu 12.10
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


devscripts could be made to run programs if it opened a specially crafted file.

Software description

  • devscripts - scripts to make the life of a Debian Package maintainer easier


It was discovered that the uscan tool incorrectly repacked archive files.
If a user or automated system were tricked into processing specially
crafted files, a remote attacker could possibly execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 13.10:
devscripts 2.13.4ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 13.04:
devscripts 2.13.1ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 12.10:
devscripts 2.12.4ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:
devscripts 2.11.6ubuntu1.6
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS:
devscripts 2.10.61ubuntu5.6

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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