USN-4247-1: python-apt vulnerabilities

22 January 2020

Several security issues were fixed in python-apt.

Releases

Packages

  • python-apt - Python interface to libapt-pkg

Details

It was discovered that python-apt would still use MD5 hashes to validate
certain downloaded packages. If a remote attacker were able to perform a
man-in-the-middle attack, this flaw could potentially be used to install
altered packages. (CVE-2019-15795)

It was discovered that python-apt could install packages from untrusted
repositories, contrary to expectations. (CVE-2019-15796)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 19.10
Ubuntu 19.04
Ubuntu 18.04
Ubuntu 16.04

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

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