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USN-2265-1: NSPR vulnerability

2 July 2014

NSPR could be made to crash or run programs if it received specially crafted input.



  • nspr - NetScape Portable Runtime Library


Abhishek Arya discovered that NSPR incorrectly handled certain console
functions. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause NSPR to crash,
resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. The
default compiler options for affected releases should reduce the
vulnerability to a denial of service.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04
Ubuntu 13.10
Ubuntu 12.04
Ubuntu 10.04

After a standard system update you need to restart your session to make all
the necessary changes.