[USN-2878-1] Perl vulnerability

Marc Deslauriers marc.deslauriers at canonical.com
Thu Jan 21 18:50:15 UTC 2016

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2878-1
January 21, 2016

perl vulnerability

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

- Ubuntu 15.10
- Ubuntu 15.04


Perl incorrectly handled the taint attribute.

Software Description:
- perl: Practical Extraction and Report Language


David Golden discovered that the canonpath function in the Perl File::Spec
module did not properly preserve the taint attribute. An attacker could
possibly use this issue to bypass the taint protection mechanism.

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 15.10:
  perl                            5.20.2-6ubuntu0.1

Ubuntu 15.04:
  perl                            5.20.2-2ubuntu0.1

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


Package Information:

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