USN-4249-1: e2fsprogs vulnerability

23 January 2020

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

Releases

Packages

  • e2fsprogs - ext2/ext3/ext4 file system utilities

Details

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

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
Ubuntu 14.04
Ubuntu 12.04

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

References