Ubuntu 8.04 LTS / 10.04 LTS / 10.10 / 11.04 : apt vulnerabilities (USN-1215-1)
High Nessus Plugin ID 56281
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.
DescriptionIt was discovered that the apt-key utility incorrectly verified GPG keys when downloaded via the net-update option. If a remote attacker were able to perform a man-in-the-middle attack, this flaw could potentially be used to install altered packages. This update corrects the issue by disabling the net-update option completely. A future update will re-enable the option with corrected verification.
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 apt package.