USN-1483-2: network-manager-applet vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1483-2

27th June, 2012

network-manager-applet vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 11.10
  • Ubuntu 11.04
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


network-manager-applet could create insecure AdHoc wireless networks.

Software description

  • network-manager-applet - GNOME frontend for NetworkManager


USN-1483-1 fixed a vulnerability in NetworkManager by disabling the
creation of WPA-secured AdHoc wireless connections. This update provides
the corresponding change for network-manager-applet.

Original advisory details:

It was discovered that certain wireless drivers incorrectly handled the
creation of WPA-secured AdHoc connections. This could result in AdHoc
wireless connections being created without any security at all. This update
removes WPA as a security choice for AdHoc connections in NetworkManager.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 11.10:
Ubuntu 11.04:
network-manager-gnome 0.8.4~git.20110318t152954.9c4c9a0-0ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS:
network-manager-gnome 0.8-0ubuntu3.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system update you need to restart your session to make
all the necessary changes.