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USN-2609-1: Apport vulnerabilities

21 May 2015

Apport could be tricked into creating arbitrary files as an administrator, resulting in privilege escalation.

Releases

Packages

  • apport - automatically generate crash reports for debugging

Details

Sander Bos discovered that Apport incorrectly handled permissions when
the system was configured to generate core dumps for setuid binaries. A
local attacker could use this issue to gain elevated privileges.
(CVE-2015-1324)

Philip Pettersson discovered that Apport contained race conditions
resulting core dumps to be generated with incorrect permissions in
arbitrary locations. A local attacker could use this issue to gain elevated
privileges. (CVE-2015-1325)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 15.04
Ubuntu 14.10
Ubuntu 14.04
Ubuntu 12.04

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