Ubuntu Security Notice USN-4315-1 ≈ Packet Storm

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-4315-1
April 02, 2020

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

– Ubuntu 19.10
– Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
– Ubuntu 16.04 LTS


Several security issues were fixed in Apport.

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


Maximilien Bourgeteau discovered that the Apport lock file was created with
insecure permissions. This could allow a local attacker to escalate their
privileges via a symlink attack. (CVE-2020-8831)

Maximilien Bourgeteau discovered a race condition in Apport when setting
crash report permissions. This could allow a local attacker to read
arbitrary files via a symlink attack. (CVE-2020-8833)

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 19.10:
apport 2.20.11-0ubuntu8.8
python-apport 2.20.11-0ubuntu8.8
python3-apport 2.20.11-0ubuntu8.8

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS:
apport 2.20.9-0ubuntu7.14
python-apport 2.20.9-0ubuntu7.14
python3-apport 2.20.9-0ubuntu7.14

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS:
apport 2.20.1-0ubuntu2.23
python-apport 2.20.1-0ubuntu2.23
python3-apport 2.20.1-0ubuntu2.23

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

CVE-2020-8831, CVE-2020-8833

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