USN-2900-1: GNU C Library vulnerability

16 February 2016

GNU C Library could be made to crash or run programs if it received specially crafted network traffic.

Releases

Packages

  • eglibc - GNU C Library
  • glibc - GNU C Library

Details

It was discovered that the GNU C Library incorrectly handled receiving
responses while performing DNS resolution. A remote attacker could use this
issue to cause the GNU C Library to crash, resulting in a denial of
service, or possibly execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 15.10
Ubuntu 14.04
Ubuntu 12.04

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

References