USN-587-1: Kerberos vulnerabilities

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-587-1

18th March, 2008

krb5 vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 7.10
  • Ubuntu 7.04
  • Ubuntu 6.10
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Software description

  • krb5


It was discovered that krb5 did not correctly handle certain krb4
requests. An unauthenticated remote attacker could exploit this flaw
by sending a specially crafted traffic, which could expose sensitive
information, cause a crash, or execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2008-0062,

A flaw was discovered in the kadmind service's handling of file
descriptors. An unauthenticated remote attacker could send specially
crafted requests that would cause a crash, resulting in a denial of
service. Only systems with configurations allowing large numbers of
open file descriptors were vulnerable. (CVE-2008-0947)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 7.10:
libkrb53 1.6.dfsg.1-7ubuntu0.1
libkadm55 1.6.dfsg.1-7ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 7.04:
libkrb53 1.4.4-5ubuntu3.4
libkadm55 1.4.4-5ubuntu3.4
Ubuntu 6.10:
libkrb53 1.4.3-9ubuntu1.6
libkadm55 1.4.3-9ubuntu1.6
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS:
libkrb53 1.4.3-5ubuntu0.7
libkadm55 1.4.3-5ubuntu0.7

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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


CVE-2008-0062, CVE-2008-0063, CVE-2008-0947