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USN-5733-1: FLAC vulnerabilities

21 November 2022

Several security issues were fixed in FLAC.

Releases

Packages

  • flac - Free Lossless Audio Codec

Details

It was discovered that FLAC was not properly performing memory management
operations, which could result in a memory leak. An attacker could possibly
use this issue to cause FLAC to consume resources, leading to a denial of
service. This issue only affected Ubuntu 14.04 ESM, Ubuntu 16.04 ESM and
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. (CVE-2017-6888)

It was discovered that FLAC was not properly performing bounds checking
operations when decoding data. If a user or automated system were tricked
into processing a specially crafted file, an attacker could possibly use
this issue to expose sensitive information or to cause FLAC to crash,
leading to a denial of service. This issue only affected Ubuntu 14.04 ESM,
Ubuntu 16.04 ESM, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. (CVE-2020-0499)

It was discovered that FLAC was not properly performing bounds checking
operations when encoding data. If a user or automated system were tricked
into processing a specially crafted file, an attacker could possibly use
this issue to expose sensitive information or to cause FLAC to crash,
leading to a denial of service. (CVE-2021-0561)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 22.04
Ubuntu 20.04
Ubuntu 18.04
Ubuntu 16.04
Ubuntu 14.04

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