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USN-3717-2: PolicyKit vulnerabilities

17 July 2018

Several security issues were fixed in PolicyKit.



  • policykit-1 - framework for managing administrative policies and privileges


USN-3717-1 fixed a vulnerability in PolicyKit. This update provides
the corresponding update for Ubuntu 12.04 ESM.

Original advisory details:

It was discovered that PolicyKit incorrectly handled certain duplicate
action IDs. A local attacker could use this issue to cause PolicyKit to
crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly escalate privileges.

Matthias Gerstner discovered that PolicyKit incorrectly checked users. A
local attacker could possibly use this issue to cause authentication
dialogs to show up for other users, leading to a denial of service or an
information leak. (CVE-2018-1116)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.04

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

Related notices

  • USN-3717-1: gir1.2-polkit-1.0, libpolkit-gobject-1-dev, libpolkit-agent-1-dev, libpolkit-backend-1-0, libpolkit-backend-1-dev, policykit-1-doc, policykit-1, libpolkit-agent-1-0, libpolkit-gobject-1-0