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USN-5023-1: Aspell vulnerability

26 July 2021

Aspell could be made to execute arbitrary code or cause a crash if it received a specially crafted input.



  • aspell - GNU Aspell spell-checker


It was discovered that Aspell incorrectly handled certain inputs.
An attacker could possibly use this issue to execute arbitrary code or
cause a crash.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 21.04
Ubuntu 20.04
Ubuntu 18.04
Ubuntu 16.04
Ubuntu 14.04

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