USN-3310-1: lintian vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3310-1

6th June, 2017

lintian vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 17.04
  • Ubuntu 16.10
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS


lintian could be made to run programs if it processed a specially crafted package.

Software description

  • lintian - Debian package checker


Jakub Wilk discovered that lintian incorrectly handled deserializing
certain YAML files. If a user or automated system were tricked into running
lintian on a specially crafted package, a remote attacker could possibly
use this issue to execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 17.04:
Ubuntu 16.10:
lintian 2.5.48ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS:
lintian 2.5.43ubuntu0.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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