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USN-5398-1: Simple DirectMedia Layer vulnerability

28 April 2022

SDL (Simple DirectMedia Layer) could be made to crash or run programs if it opened a specially crafted file.



  • libsdl1.2 - Simple DirectMedia Layer
  • libsdl2 - Cross-platform multimedia library with low access to hardware


It was discovered that SDL (Simple DirectMedia Layer) incorrectly handled
certain files. An attacker could possibly use this issue to cause a denial
of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 21.10
Ubuntu 18.04
Ubuntu 16.04
Ubuntu 14.04

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