Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 14.10 : apport vulnerability (USN-2569-2)
High Nessus Plugin ID 82847
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.
DescriptionUSN-2569-1 fixed a vulnerability in Apport. Tavis Ormandy discovered that the fixed packages were still vulnerable to a privilege escalation attack. This update completely disables crash report handling for containers until a more complete solution is available.
Stephane Graber and Tavis Ormandy independently discovered that Apport incorrectly handled the crash reporting feature. A local attacker could use this issue to gain elevated privileges.
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SolutionUpdate the affected apport package.