USN-768-1: Apport vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-768-1

29th April, 2009

Apport vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 9.04
  • Ubuntu 8.10
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS

Software description

  • apport


Stephane Chazelas discovered that Apport did not safely remove files from
its crash report directory. If Apport had been enabled at some point, a
local attacker could remove arbitrary files from the system.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 9.04:
apport 1.0-0ubuntu5.2
Ubuntu 8.10:
apport 0.119.2
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS:
apport 0.108.4

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

In general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the
necessary changes.