USN-3664-1: Apport vulnerability

30 May 2018

Apport could be tricked into causing a denial of service or escalate privileges.



  • apport - automatically generate crash reports for debugging


Sander Bos discovered that Apport incorrectly handled core dumps when
certain files are missing from /proc. A local attacker could possibly use
this issue to cause a denial of service, gain root privileges, or escape
from containers.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 18.04
Ubuntu 17.10
Ubuntu 16.04

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


Related notices

  • USN-3664-2: apport-valgrind, python-problem-report, dh-apport, apport, python3-apport, apport-noui, apport-retrace, apport-gtk, python3-problem-report, python-apport, apport-kde