USN-2254-1: PHP vulnerabilities

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2254-1

23rd June, 2014

php5 vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 13.10
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


Several security issues were fixed in PHP.

Software description

  • php5 - HTML-embedded scripting language interpreter


Christian Hoffmann discovered that the PHP FastCGI Process Manager (FPM)
set incorrect permissions on the UNIX socket. A local attacker could use
this issue to possibly elevate their privileges. This issue only affected
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Ubuntu 13.10, and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. (CVE-2014-0185)

Francisco Alonso discovered that the PHP Fileinfo component incorrectly
handled certain CDF documents. A remote attacker could use this issue to
cause PHP to hang or crash, resulting in a denial of service.
(CVE-2014-0237, CVE-2014-0238)

Stefan Esser discovered that PHP incorrectly handled DNS TXT records. A
remote attacker could use this issue to cause PHP to crash, resulting in a
denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2014-4049)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
php5-cli 5.5.9+dfsg-1ubuntu4.1
php5-cgi 5.5.9+dfsg-1ubuntu4.1
libapache2-mod-php5 5.5.9+dfsg-1ubuntu4.1
php5-fpm 5.5.9+dfsg-1ubuntu4.1
Ubuntu 13.10:
php5-cli 5.5.3+dfsg-1ubuntu2.4
php5-cgi 5.5.3+dfsg-1ubuntu2.4
libapache2-mod-php5 5.5.3+dfsg-1ubuntu2.4
php5-fpm 5.5.3+dfsg-1ubuntu2.4
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:
php5-cli 5.3.10-1ubuntu3.12
php5-cgi 5.3.10-1ubuntu3.12
libapache2-mod-php5 5.3.10-1ubuntu3.12
php5-fpm 5.3.10-1ubuntu3.12
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS:
php5-cli 5.3.2-1ubuntu4.25
php5-cgi 5.3.2-1ubuntu4.25
libapache2-mod-php5 5.3.2-1ubuntu4.25

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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


CVE-2014-0185, CVE-2014-0237, CVE-2014-0238, CVE-2014-4049