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USN-6233-1: YAJL vulnerabilities

18 July 2023

Several security issues were fixed in YAJL.

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Releases

Packages

  • yajl - Yet Another JSON Library

Details

It was discovered that YAJL was not properly performing bounds checks when
decoding a string with escape sequences. If a user or automated system
using YAJL were tricked into processing specially crafted input, an
attacker could possibly use this issue to cause a denial of service
(application abort). (CVE-2017-16516)

It was discovered that YAJL was not properly handling memory allocation
when dealing with large inputs, which could lead to heap memory
corruption. If a user or automated system using YAJL were tricked into
running a specially crafted large input, an attacker could possibly use
this issue to cause a denial of service. (CVE-2022-24795)

It was discovered that memory leaks existed in one of the YAJL parsing
functions. An attacker could possibly use this issue to cause a denial of
service (memory exhaustion). (CVE-2023-33460)

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Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 18.04
Ubuntu 16.04
Ubuntu 14.04

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

Related notices

  • USN-6233-2: libyajl-doc, yajl, libyajl2, yajl-tools, libyajl-dev