USN-847-1: Devscripts vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-847-1

8th October, 2009

devscripts vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 9.04
  • Ubuntu 8.10
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS

Software description

  • devscripts


Raphael Geissert discovered that uscan, a part of devscripts, did not
properly sanitize its input when processing pathnames. If uscan processed a
crafted filename for a file on a remote server, 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 9.04:
devscripts 2.10.39ubuntu7.1
Ubuntu 8.10:
devscripts 2.10.26ubuntu15.2
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS:
devscripts 2.10.11ubuntu5.8.04.4

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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