USN-4051-2: Apport vulnerability

USN-4051-2: Apport vulnerability

apport vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 14.04 ESM


Apport could be made to expose sensitive information in crash reports.

Software Description

  • apport – automatically generate crash reports for debugging


USN-4051-1 fixed a vulnerability in apport. This update provides
the corresponding update for Ubuntu 14.04 ESM.

Original advisory details:

Kevin Backhouse discovered a race-condition when reading the user’s local
Apport configuration. This could be used by a local attacker to cause
Apport to include arbitrary files in a resulting crash report.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04 ESM
python-apport – 2.14.1-0ubuntu3.29+esm1
python3-apport – 2.14.1-0ubuntu3.29+esm1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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


Source: USN-4051-2: Apport vulnerability

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