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USN-4142-2: e2fsprogs vulnerability

30 September 2019

e2fsprogs could be made to execute arbitrary code if it is running in a crafted ext4 partition.

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Releases

Packages

  • e2fsprogs - ext2/ext3/ext4 file system utilities

Details

USN-4142-1 fixed a vulnerability in e2fsprogs. This update provides
the corresponding update for Ubuntu 12.04 ESM and Ubuntu 14.04 ESM.

Original advisory details:

It was discovered that e2fsprogs incorrectly handled certain ext4 partitions.
An attacker could possibly use this issue to execute arbitrary code.

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Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04
Ubuntu 12.04

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

References

Related notices

  • USN-4142-1: libext2fs-dev, e2fsck-static, fuse2fs, e2fslibs-dev, libss2, e2fsprogs-l10n, libext2fs2, libcomerr2, e2fsprogs-udeb, e2fslibs, e2fsprogs, comerr-dev, ss-dev, libcom-err2