USN-4051-1: Apport vulnerability

09 July 2019

Apport could be made to expose sensitive information in crash reports.



  • apport - automatically generate crash reports for debugging


Kevin Backhouse discovered a race-condition when reading the user's local
Apport configuration. This could be used by a local attacker to cause
Apport to include arbitrary files in a resulting crash report.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 19.04
Ubuntu 18.10
Ubuntu 18.04
Ubuntu 16.04

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


Related notices

  • USN-4051-2: apport-kde, python-apport, python-problem-report, apport-noui, apport-gtk, apport-retrace, apport-valgrind, python3-apport, python3-problem-report, apport, dh-apport