[USN-1288-1] vsftpd vulnerability

Jamie Strandboge jamie at canonical.com
Wed Dec 7 00:50:28 UTC 2011

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1288-1
December 07, 2011

vsftpd vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

- Ubuntu 11.10
- Ubuntu 11.04
- Ubuntu 10.10
- Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


Vsftpd or other applications could be made to crash if vsftpd received
specially crafted network traffic.

Software Description:
- vsftpd: FTP server written for security


It was discovered that the 2.6.35 and earlier Linux kernel does not
properly handle a high rate of creation and cleanup of network namespaces,
which makes it easier for remote attackers to cause a denial of service
(memory consumption) in applications that require a separate namespace per
connection, like vsftpd. This update adjusts vsftpd to only use network
namespaces on kernels that are known to be not affected.

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 11.10:
  vsftpd                          2.3.2-3ubuntu5.1

Ubuntu 11.04:
  vsftpd                          2.3.2-3ubuntu4.1

Ubuntu 10.10:
  vsftpd                          2.3.0~pre2-4ubuntu2.3

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS:
  vsftpd                          2.2.2-3ubuntu6.3

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


Package Information:

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