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USN-4263-1: Sudo vulnerability

3 February 2020

Sudo could allow unintended access to the administrator account.



  • sudo - Provide limited super user privileges to specific users


Joe Vennix discovered that Sudo incorrectly handled memory operations when
the pwfeedback option is enabled. A local attacker could possibly use this
issue to obtain unintended access to the administrator account.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 19.10
Ubuntu 18.04
Ubuntu 16.04

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


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