USN-4100-1: KConfig and KDE libraries vulnerabilities

16 August 2019

KConfig and KDE libraries could be made to crash or run programs if it opened a specially crafted file.



  • kconfig - configuration settings framework for Qt
  • kde4libs - KDE 4 core applications and libraries


It was discovered that KConfig and KDE libraries have a vulnerability
where an attacker could hide malicious code under desktop and
configuration files. (CVE-2019-14744)

It was discovered that KConfig allows remote attackers to write to
arbitrary files via a ../ in a filename in an archive file. (CVE-2016-6232)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 19.04
Ubuntu 18.04
Ubuntu 16.04

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

Related notices

  • USN-3042-1: libkpty4, libknewstuff3-4, libkparts4, libnepomuk4, kdelibs-bin, libkhtml5, libkdecore5, libknotifyconfig4, libkrosscore4, libnepomukquery4a, kdelibs5-dev, libkutils4, libkidletime4, libkcmutils4, libkde3support4, libsolid4, libkprintutils4, kdelibs5-data, libkdeui5, kdoctools, libthreadweaver4, libkjsapi4, libkdewebkit5, libkfile4, libknewstuff2-4, libkio5, libplasma3, libktexteditor4, libkimproxy4, libkrossui4, libkdeclarative5, libkdesu5, kdelibs5-plugins, libnepomukutils4, libkntlm4, libkemoticons4, libkjsembed4, libkunitconversion4, kde4libs, libkdnssd4, libkmediaplayer4