Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 14.10 : devscripts vulnerability (USN-2649-1)
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 84229
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.
DescriptionIt was discovered that the uupdate tool incorrectly handled symlinks.
If a user or automated system were tricked into processing specially crafted files, a remote attacker could possibly replace arbitrary files, leading to a privilege escalation.
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SolutionUpdate the affected devscripts package.