USN-1576-2: DBus regressions

04 October 2012

DBus could be made to run programs as an administrator.



  • dbus - simple interprocess messaging system


USN-1576-1 fixed vulnerabilities in DBus. The update caused a regression
for certain services launched from the activation helper, and caused an
unclean shutdown on upgrade. This update fixes the problem.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Original advisory details:

Sebastian Krahmer discovered that DBus incorrectly handled environment
variables when running with elevated privileges. A local attacker could
possibly exploit this flaw with a setuid binary and gain root privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 8.04
Ubuntu 12.04
Ubuntu 11.10
Ubuntu 11.04
Ubuntu 10.04

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


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