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USN-3911-1: file vulnerabilities

18 March 2019

Several security issues were fixed in file.



  • file - Tool to determine file types


It was discovered that file incorrectly handled certain malformed ELF
files. An attacker could use this issue to cause a denial of service, or
possibly execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 18.10
Ubuntu 18.04
Ubuntu 16.04

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