USN-500-1: rsync vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-500-1

20th August, 2007

rsync vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 7.04
  • Ubuntu 6.10
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS


Sebastian Krahmer discovered that rsync contained an off-by-one
miscalculation when handling certain file paths. By creating a specially
crafted tree of files and tricking an rsync server into processing them,
a remote attacker could write a single NULL to stack memory, possibly
leading to arbitrary code execution.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 7.04:
rsync 2.6.9-3ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 6.10:
rsync 2.6.8-2ubuntu3.1
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS:
rsync 2.6.6-1ubuntu2.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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