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Ubuntu Security Notice USN-4171-3

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-4171-3
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Authored by Ubuntu | Site security.ubuntu.com

Ubuntu Security Notice 4171-3 - USN-4171-1 fixed vulnerabilities in Apport. The update caused a regression in the Python Apport library. This update fixes the problem. Kevin Backhouse discovered Apport would read its user-controlled settings file as the root user. This could be used by a local attacker to possibly crash Apport or have other unspecified consequences. Various other issues were also addressed.

tags | advisory, local, root, vulnerability, python
systems | linux, ubuntu
advisories | CVE-2019-11481, CVE-2019-11482, CVE-2019-11483, CVE-2019-11485, CVE-2019-15790
MD5 | e549544faf81ebbea551c9f8be0a7a87

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-4171-3

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Ubuntu Security Notice USN-4171-3
November 05, 2019

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

- Ubuntu 19.10
- Ubuntu 19.04
- Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Summary:

USN-4171-1 introduced a regression in Apport.

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

Details:

USN-4171-1 fixed vulnerabilities in Apport. The update caused a regression
in the Python Apport library. This update fixes the problem.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Original advisory details:

Kevin Backhouse discovered Apport would read its user-controlled settings
file as the root user. This could be used by a local attacker to possibly
crash Apport or have other unspecified consequences. (CVE-2019-11481)

Sander Bos discovered a race-condition in Apport during core dump
creation. This could be used by a local attacker to generate a crash report
for a privileged process that is readable by an unprivileged user.
(CVE-2019-11482)

Sander Bos discovered Apport mishandled crash dumps originating from
containers. This could be used by a local attacker to generate a crash
report for a privileged process that is readable by an unprivileged user.
(CVE-2019-11483)

Sander Bos discovered Apport mishandled lock-file creation. This could be
used by a local attacker to cause a denial of service against Apport.
(CVE-2019-11485)

Kevin Backhouse discovered Apport read various process-specific files with
elevated privileges during crash dump generation. This could could be used
by a local attacker to generate a crash report for a privileged process
that is readable by an unprivileged user. (CVE-2019-15790)

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 19.10:
apport 2.20.11-0ubuntu8.2
python-apport 2.20.11-0ubuntu8.2
python3-apport 2.20.11-0ubuntu8.2

Ubuntu 19.04:
apport 2.20.10-0ubuntu27.3
python-apport 2.20.10-0ubuntu27.3
python3-apport 2.20.10-0ubuntu27.3

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS:
apport 2.20.9-0ubuntu7.9
python-apport 2.20.9-0ubuntu7.9
python3-apport 2.20.9-0ubuntu7.9

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS:
apport 2.20.1-0ubuntu2.21
python-apport 2.20.1-0ubuntu2.21
python3-apport 2.20.1-0ubuntu2.21

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

References:
https://usn.ubuntu.com/4171-3
https://usn.ubuntu.com/4171-1
https://launchpad.net/bugs/1850929

Package Information:
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/apport/2.20.11-0ubuntu8.2
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/apport/2.20.10-0ubuntu27.3
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/apport/2.20.9-0ubuntu7.9
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/apport/2.20.1-0ubuntu2.21
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