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USN-2393-1: Wget vulnerability

30 October 2014

Wget could be made to overwrite files.



  • wget - retrieves files from the web


HD Moore discovered that Wget contained a path traversal vulnerability
when downloading symlinks using FTP. A malicious remote FTP server or a man
in the middle could use this issue to cause Wget to overwrite arbitrary
files, possibly leading to arbitrary code execution.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.10
Ubuntu 14.04
Ubuntu 12.04
Ubuntu 10.04

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