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USN-1955-1: apt-xapian-index vulnerability

18 September 2013

apt-xapian-index could be tricked into bypassing polkit authorizations.



  • apt-xapian-index - maintenance and search tools for a Xapian index of Debian package


It was discovered that apt-xapian-index was using polkit in an unsafe
manner. A local attacker could possibly use this issue to bypass intended
polkit authorizations.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 13.04
Ubuntu 12.10
Ubuntu 12.04

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