Ubuntu 4424-1: snapd vulnerabilities

    Date 15 Jul 2020
    150
    Posted By LinuxSecurity Advisories
    An intended access restriction in snapd could be bypassed by strict mode snaps.
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    Ubuntu Security Notice USN-4424-1
    July 15, 2020
    
    snapd vulnerabilities
    ==========================================================================
    
    A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:
    
    - Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
    - Ubuntu 19.10
    - Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
    - Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
    
    Summary:
    
    An intended access restriction in snapd could be bypassed by strict mode
    snaps.
    
    Software Description:
    - snapd: Daemon and tooling that enable snap packages
    
    Details:
    
    It was discovered that cloud-init as managed by snapd on Ubuntu Core 16
    and Ubuntu Core 18 devices ran on every boot without restrictions. A
    physical attacker could exploit this to craft cloud-init
    user-data/meta-data via external media to perform arbitrary changes on
    the device to bypass intended security mechanisms such as full disk
    encryption. This issue did not affect traditional Ubuntu systems.
    (CVE-2020-11933)
    
    It was discovered that snapctl user-open allowed altering the
    XDG_DATA_DIRS environment variable when calling the system xdg-open. A
    malicious snap could exploit this to bypass intended access restrictions
    to control how the host system xdg-open script opens the URL. This issue
    did not affect Ubuntu Core systems. (CVE-2020-11934)
    
    Update instructions:
    
    The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following
    package versions:
    
    Ubuntu 20.04 LTS:
      snapd                           2.45.1+20.04.2
    
    Ubuntu 19.10:
      snapd                           2.45.1+19.10.2
    
    Ubuntu 18.04 LTS:
      snapd                           2.45.1+18.04.2
    
    Ubuntu 16.04 LTS:
      snapd                           2.45.1ubuntu0.2
    
    In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.
    On Ubuntu, snapd will automatically refresh itself to snapd 2.45.2 which
    is unaffected.
    
    References:
      https://usn.ubuntu.com/4424-1
      CVE-2020-11933, CVE-2020-11934
    
    Package Information:
      https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/snapd/2.45.1+20.04.2
      https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/snapd/2.45.1+19.10.2
      https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/snapd/2.45.1+18.04.2
      https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/snapd/2.45.1ubuntu0.2
    
    

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