Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2485-1
27th January, 2015
A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:
- Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
The GNU C Library could be made to crash or run programs.
- eglibc – GNU C Library
It was discovered that a buffer overflow existed in the gethostbyname
and gethostbyname2 functions in the GNU C Library. An attacker could
use this issue to execute arbitrary code or cause an application crash,
resulting in a denial of service.
The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package version:
- Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:
- libc6 2.15-0ubuntu10.10
- Ubuntu 10.04 LTS:
- libc6 2.11.1-0ubuntu7.20
To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.
After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make
all the necessary changes.
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