USN-4292-1: rsync vulnerabilities

25 February 2020

Several security issues were fixed in rsync.

Releases

Packages

  • rsync - fast, versatile, remote (and local) file-copying tool

Details

It was discovered that rsync incorrectly handled pointer arithmetic in zlib.
An attacker could use this issue to cause rsync to crash, resulting in a
denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2016-9840,
CVE-2016-9841)

It was discovered that rsync incorrectly handled vectors involving left shifts
of negative integers in zlib. An attacker could use this issue to cause rsync
to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary
code. (CVE-2016-9842)

It was discovered that rsync incorrectly handled vectors involving big-endian
CRC calculation in zlib. An attacker could use this issue to cause rsync to
crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code.
(CVE-2016-9843)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 18.04
Ubuntu 16.04

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