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USN-3348-1: Samba vulnerability

5 July 2017

Samba could be made to hang if it received specially crafted network traffic.



  • samba - SMB/CIFS file, print, and login server for Unix


It was discovered that Samba incorrectly handled dangling symlinks. A
remote attacker could possibly use this issue to cause Samba to hang,
resulting in a denial of service. This issue only applied to Ubuntu 14.04
LTS and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. (CVE-2017-9461)

In addition, this update fixes a regression introduced by USN-3267-1
that caused Samba to incorrectly handle non-wide symlinks to directories.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 17.04
Ubuntu 16.10
Ubuntu 16.04
Ubuntu 14.04

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