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USN-2292-1: LWP::Protocol::https vulnerability

17 July 2014

LWP::Protocol::https could be made to expose sensitive information over the network.




It was discovered that the LWP::Protocol::https perl module incorrectly
disabled peer certificate verification completely when only hostname
verification was requested to be disabled. If a remote attacker were able
to perform a machine-in-the-middle attack, this flaw could possibly be
exploited in certain scenarios to alter or compromise confidential
information in applications that used the LWP::Protocol::https module.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04

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