[USN-4720-1] Apport vulnerabilities

Marc Deslauriers marc.deslauriers at canonical.com
Tue Feb 2 19:07:50 UTC 2021

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-4720-1
February 02, 2021

apport vulnerabilities

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

- Ubuntu 20.10
- Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 16.04 LTS


Several security issues were fixed in Apport.

Software Description:
- apport: automatically generate crash reports for debugging


Itai Greenhut discovered that Apport incorrectly parsed certain files in
the /proc filesystem. A local attacker could use this issue to escalate
privileges and run arbitrary code. (CVE-2021-25682, CVE-2021-25683)

Itai Greenhut discovered that Apport incorrectly handled opening certain
special files. A local attacker could possibly use this issue to cause
Apport to hang, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2021-25684)

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 20.10:
  apport                          2.20.11-0ubuntu50.5
  python3-apport                  2.20.11-0ubuntu50.5

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS:
  apport                          2.20.11-0ubuntu27.16
  python3-apport                  2.20.11-0ubuntu27.16

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS:
  apport                          2.20.9-0ubuntu7.23
  python-apport                   2.20.9-0ubuntu7.23
  python3-apport                  2.20.9-0ubuntu7.23

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS:
  apport                          2.20.1-0ubuntu2.30
  python-apport                   2.20.1-0ubuntu2.30
  python3-apport                  2.20.1-0ubuntu2.30

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

  CVE-2021-25682, CVE-2021-25683, CVE-2021-25684

Package Information:

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