Ubuntu 16.04 LTS / 16.10 / 17.04 : lintian vulnerability (USN-3310-1)
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 100662
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.
DescriptionJakub Wilk discovered that lintian incorrectly handled deserializing certain YAML files. If a user or automated system were tricked into running lintian on a specially crafted package, a remote attacker could possibly use this issue to execute arbitrary code.
Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.
SolutionUpdate the affected lintian package.