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USN-3012-1: Wget vulnerability

20 June 2016

Wget could be made to overwrite files.



  • wget - retrieves files from the web


Dawid Golunski discovered that Wget incorrectly handled filenames when
being redirected from an HTTP to an FTP URL. A malicious server could
possibly use this issue to overwrite local files.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 16.04
Ubuntu 15.10
Ubuntu 14.04
Ubuntu 12.04

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