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USN-2456-1: GNU cpio vulnerabilities

08 January 2015

The GNU cpio program could be made to crash or run programs if it opened a specially crafted file or received specially crafted input.



  • cpio - a program to manage archives of files


Michal Zalewski discovered an out of bounds write issue in the
process_copy_in function of GNU cpio. An attacker could specially
craft a cpio archive that could create a denial of service or possibly
execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2014-9112)

Jakob Lell discovered a heap-based buffer overflow in the rmt_read__
function of GNU cpio's rmt client functionality. An attacker
controlling a remote rmt server could use this to cause a denial of
service or possibly execute arbitrary code. This issue only affected
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. (CVE-2010-0624)

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.