[USN-3816-2] systemd vulnerability

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[USN-3816-2] systemd vulnerability

Chris Coulson-3
Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3816-2
November 19, 2018

systemd vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

- Ubuntu 18.10
- Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 16.04 LTS


systemd-tmpfiles could be made to change ownership of arbitrary files.

Software Description:
- systemd: system and service manager


USN-3816-1 fixed several vulnerabilities in systemd. However, the fix for
CVE-2018-6954 was not sufficient. This update provides the remaining fixes.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Original advisory details:

 Jann Horn discovered that unit_deserialize incorrectly handled status
 above a certain length. A local attacker could potentially exploit this via
 NotifyAccess to inject arbitrary state across re-execution and obtain root
 privileges. (CVE-2018-15686)
 Jann Horn discovered a race condition in chown_one(). A local attacker
 could potentially exploit this by setting arbitrary permissions on certain
 files to obtain root privileges. This issue only affected Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
 and Ubuntu 18.10. (CVE-2018-15687)
 It was discovered that systemd-tmpfiles mishandled symlinks in
 non-terminal path components. A local attacker could potentially exploit
 this by gaining ownership of certain files to obtain root privileges. This
 issue only affected Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. (CVE-2018-6954)

Update instructions:

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following
package versions:

Ubuntu 18.10:
  systemd                         239-7ubuntu10.4

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS:
  systemd                         237-3ubuntu10.9

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS:
  systemd                         229-4ubuntu21.9

After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make
all the necessary changes.


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