[USN-3530-1] WebKitGTK+ vulnerabilities

Marc Deslauriers marc.deslauriers at canonical.com
Thu Jan 11 15:50:07 UTC 2018

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3530-1
January 11, 2018

webkit2gtk vulnerabilities

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

- Ubuntu 17.10
- Ubuntu 17.04
- Ubuntu 16.04 LTS


WebKitGTK+ could be made to expose sensitive information.

Software Description:
- webkit2gtk: Web content engine library for GTK+


It was discovered that speculative execution performed by modern CPUs
could leak information through a timing side-channel attack, and that
this could be exploited in web browser JavaScript engines. If a user were
tricked in to opening a specially crafted website, an attacker could
potentially exploit this to obtain sensitive information from other
domains, bypassing same-origin restrictions. (CVE-2017-5753, CVE-2017-5715)

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 17.10:
  libjavascriptcoregtk-4.0-18     2.18.5-0ubuntu0.17.10.1
  libwebkit2gtk-4.0-37            2.18.5-0ubuntu0.17.10.1

Ubuntu 17.04:
  libjavascriptcoregtk-4.0-18     2.18.5-0ubuntu0.17.04.1
  libwebkit2gtk-4.0-37            2.18.5-0ubuntu0.17.04.1

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS:
  libjavascriptcoregtk-4.0-18     2.18.5-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
  libwebkit2gtk-4.0-37            2.18.5-0ubuntu0.16.04.1

This update uses a new upstream release, which includes additional bug
fixes. After a standard system update you need to restart any applications
that use WebKitGTK+, such as Epiphany, to make all the necessary changes.

  CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2017-5753

Package Information:

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