Ubuntu 2473-1: coreutils vulnerabilities

    Date14 Jan 2015
    Posted ByLinuxSecurity Advisories
    date and touch could be made to crash or run programs if theyhandled specially crafted input.
    Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2473-1
    January 14, 2015
    coreutils vulnerabilities
    A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:
    - Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    - Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    - Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
    date and touch could be made to crash or run programs if they
    handled specially crafted input.
    Software Description:
    - coreutils: GNU core utilities
    It was discovered that the distcheck rule in dist-check.mk in GNU
    coreutils allows local users to gain privileges via a symlink attack
    on a directory tree under /tmp. This issue only affected Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.
    Bertrand Jacquin and Fiedler Roman discovered date and touch incorrectly
    handled user-supplied input. An attacker could possibly use this to cause
    a denial of service or potentially execute code. (CVE-2014-9471)
    Update instructions:
    The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following
    package versions:
    Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
      coreutils                       8.21-1ubuntu5.1
    Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:
      coreutils                       8.13-3ubuntu3.3
    Ubuntu 10.04 LTS:
      coreutils                       7.4-2ubuntu3.1
    In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.
      CVE-2009-4135, CVE-2014-9471
    Package Information:

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