Ubuntu 10.04 LTS / 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 14.10 : elfutils vulnerability (USN-2482-1)
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 80945
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.
DescriptionAlexander Cherepanov discovered that libelf1 incorrectly handled certain filesystem paths while extracting ar archives. An attacker could use this flaw to perform a directory traversal attack on the root directory if the process extracting the ar archive has write access to the root directory.
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SolutionUpdate the affected libelf1 package.