Ubuntu Security Notice USN-5179-2
May 10, 2022

busybox vulnerability

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

- Ubuntu 16.04 ESM


BusyBox could be made to crash or run programs if it received specially
crafted input.

Software Description:
- busybox: Tiny utilities for small and embedded systems


USN-5179-1 fixed vulnerabilities in BusyBox. This update provides the
corresponding updates for Ubuntu 16.04 ESM.

Original advisory details:

  It was discovered that BusyBox incorrectly handled certain malformed gzip
  archives. If a user or automated system were tricked into processing a
  specially crafted gzip archive, a remote attacker could use this issue to
  cause BusyBox to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly
  execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2021-28831)

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM:
   busybox                         1:1.22.0-15ubuntu1.4+esm1
   busybox-initramfs               1:1.22.0-15ubuntu1.4+esm1
   busybox-static                  1:1.22.0-15ubuntu1.4+esm1

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