USN-3276-1: shadow vulnerabilities

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3276-1

5th May, 2017

shadow vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 17.04
  • Ubuntu 16.10
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


su could be made to crash or stop programs as an administrator.

Software description

  • shadow - system login tools


Sebastian Krahmer discovered integer overflows in shadow utilities.
A local attacker could possibly cause them to crash or potentially
gain privileges via crafted input. (CVE-2016-6252)

Tobias Stöckmann discovered a race condition in su. A local
attacker could cause su to send SIGKILL to other processes with
root privileges. (CVE-2017-2616)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 17.04:
passwd 1:4.2-3.2ubuntu1.17.04.1
login 1:4.2-3.2ubuntu1.17.04.1
uidmap 1:4.2-3.2ubuntu1.17.04.1
Ubuntu 16.10:
passwd 1:4.2-3.2ubuntu1.16.10.1
login 1:4.2-3.2ubuntu1.16.10.1
uidmap 1:4.2-3.2ubuntu1.16.10.1
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS:
passwd 1:4.2-3.1ubuntu5.2
login 1:4.2-3.1ubuntu5.2
uidmap 1:4.2-3.1ubuntu5.2
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
passwd 1:
login 1:
uidmap 1:

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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


CVE-2016-6252, CVE-2017-2616