USN-3412-1: file vulnerability

07 September 2017

The file utility could be made to crash if it opened a specially crafted file.



  • file - Tool to determine file types


Thomas Jarosch discovered that file incorrectly handled certain ELF
files. An attacker could use this to cause file to crash, resulting
in a denial of service.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 17.04

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