[USN-2649-1] devscripts vulnerability

Marc Deslauriers marc.deslauriers at canonical.com
Tue Jun 16 17:28:27 UTC 2015

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2649-1
June 16, 2015

devscripts vulnerability

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

- Ubuntu 14.10
- Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


devscripts could be made to overwrite files.

Software Description:
- devscripts: scripts to make the life of a Debian Package maintainer easier


It was discovered that the uupdate tool incorrectly handled symlinks.
If a user or automated system were tricked into processing specially
crafted files, a remote attacker could possibly replace arbitrary files,
leading to a privilege escalation.

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 14.10:
  devscripts                      2.14.6ubuntu0.1

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
  devscripts                      2.14.1ubuntu0.1

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:
  devscripts                      2.11.6ubuntu1.7

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


Package Information:

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