Ubuntu Security Notice USN-5252-2
January 25, 2022

policykit-1 vulnerability

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

- Ubuntu 16.04 ESM
- Ubuntu 14.04 ESM


policykit-1 could be made to run programs as an administrator.

Software Description:
- policykit-1: framework for managing administrative policies and privileges


USN-5252-1 fixed a vulnerability in policykit-1. This update provides
the corresponding update for Ubuntu 14.04 ESM and Ubuntu 16.04 ESM.

Original advisory details:

 It was discovered that the PolicyKit pkexec tool incorrectly handled
 command-line arguments. A local attacker could use this issue to escalate
 privileges to an administrator.

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM:
  policykit-1                     0.105-14.1ubuntu0.5+esm1

Ubuntu 14.04 ESM:
  policykit-1                     0.105-4ubuntu3.14.04.6+esm1

After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make all
the necessary changes.