USN-749-1: libsndfile vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-749-1

30th March, 2009

libsndfile vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 8.10
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 7.10
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Software description

  • libsndfile


It was discovered that libsndfile did not correctly handle description
chunks in CAF audio files. If a user or automated system were tricked into
opening a specially crafted CAF audio file, an attacker could execute
arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking the program.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 8.10:
libsndfile1 1.0.17-4ubuntu0.8.10.1
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS:
libsndfile1 1.0.17-4ubuntu0.8.04.1
Ubuntu 7.10:
libsndfile1 1.0.17-4ubuntu0.7.10.1
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS:
libsndfile1 1.0.12-3ubuntu1.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system upgrade you need to restart your session to effect
the necessary changes.