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USN-1351-1: AccountsService vulnerability

31 January 2012

AccountsService could be made to overwrite files as the administrator.




Hayawardh Vijayakumar discovered that AccountsService incorrectly handled
privileges when modifying the language settings on Ubuntu. A local attacker
could exploit this issue to modify arbitrary files, and possibly create a
denial of service or obtain increased privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 11.10

After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make
all the necessary changes.