USN-2576-1: usb-creator vulnerability

23 April 2015

usb-creator could be tricked into running programs as an administrator.



  • usb-creator - create a startup disk using a CD or disc image


Tavis Ormandy discovered that usb-creator was missing an authentication
check. A local attacker could use this issue to gain elevated privileges.

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

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