USN-758-1: udev vulnerabilities

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-758-1

15th April, 2009

udev vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 8.10
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 7.10
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Software description

  • udev


Sebastian Krahmer discovered that udev did not correctly validate netlink
message senders. A local attacker could send specially crafted messages
to udev in order to gain root privileges. (CVE-2009-1185)

Sebastian Krahmer discovered a buffer overflow in the path encoding routines
in udev. A local attacker could exploit this to crash udev, leading to a
denial of service. (CVE-2009-1186)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 8.10:
udev 124-9ubuntu0.2
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS:
udev 117-8ubuntu0.2
Ubuntu 7.10:
udev 113-0ubuntu17.2
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS:
udev 079-0ubuntu35.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system upgrade you need to reboot your computer to
effect the necessary changes.


CVE-2009-1185, CVE-2009-1186