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Ubuntu: Tomcat vulnerabilities  11 February 2010 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
It was discovered that Tomcat did not correctly validate WAR filenames or paths when deploying. A remote attacker could send a specially crafted WAR file to be deployed and cause arbitrary files and directories to be created, overwritten, or deleted.
 
Ubuntu: gnome-screensaver vulnerability  10 February 2010 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
It was discovered that gnome-screensaver did not correctly handle monitor hotplugging. An attacker with physical access could cause gnome-screensaver to crash and gain access to the locked session.
 
Ubuntu: MySQL vulnerabilities  10 February 2010 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
It was discovered that MySQL could be made to overwrite existing table files in the data directory. An authenticated user could use the DATA DIRECTORY and INDEX DIRECTORY options to possibly bypass privilege checks. This update alters table creation behaviour by disallowing the use of the MySQL data directory in DATA DIRECTORY and INDEX DIRECTORY options. This issue only affected Ubuntu 8.10. (CVE-2008-4098) It was discovered that MySQL contained a cross-site scripting vulnerability in the command-line client when the --html option is enabled. An attacker could place arbitrary web script or html in a database cell, which would then get placed in the html document output by the command-line tool. This issue only affected Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, 8.04 LTS, 8.10 and 9.04. (CVE-2008-4456) It was discovered that MySQL could be made to overwrite existing table files in the data directory. An authenticated user could use symlinks combined with the DATA DIRECTORY and INDEX DIRECTORY options to possibly bypass privilege checks. This issue only affected Ubuntu 9.10. (CVE-2008-7247) It was discovered that MySQL contained multiple format string flaws when logging database creation and deletion. An authenticated user could use specially crafted database names to make MySQL crash, causing a denial of service. This issue only affected Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, 8.04 LTS, 8.10 and 9.04. (CVE-2009-2446) It was discovered that MySQL incorrectly handled errors when performing certain SELECT statements, and did not preserve correct flags when performing statements that use the GeomFromWKB function. An authenticated user could exploit this to make MySQL crash, causing a denial of service. (CVE-2009-4019) It was discovered that MySQL incorrectly checked symlinks when using the DATA DIRECTORY and INDEX DIRECTORY options. A local user could use symlinks to create tables that pointed to tables known to be created at a later time, bypassing access restrictions. (CVE-2009-4030) It was discovered that MySQL contained a buffer overflow when parsing ssl certificates. A remote attacker could send crafted requests and cause a denial of service or possibly execute arbitrary code. This issue did not affect Ubuntu 6.06 LTS and the default compiler options for affected releases should reduce the vulnerability to a denial of service. In the default installation, attackers would also be isolated by the AppArmor MySQL profile. (CVE-2009-4484)
 
Ubuntu: Samba vulnerability  28 January 2010 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Ronald Volgers discovered that the mount.cifs utility, when installed as a setuid program, suffered from a race condition when verifying user permissions. A local attacker could trick samba into mounting over arbitrary locations, leading to a root privilege escalation.
 
Ubuntu: PyXML vulnerabilities  26 January 2010 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
USN-890-1 fixed vulnerabilities in Expat. This update provides the corresponding updates for PyXML. Original advisory details: Jukka Taimisto, Tero Rontti and Rauli Kaksonen discovered that Expat did not properly process malformed XML. If a user or application linked against Expat were tricked into opening a crafted XML file, an attacker could cause a denial of service via application crash. (CVE-2009-2625, CVE-2009-3720) It was discovered that Expat did not properly process malformed UTF-8 sequences. If a user or application linked against Expat were tricked into opening a crafted XML file, an attacker could cause a denial of service via application crash. (CVE-2009-3560)
 
Ubuntu: Python 2.4 vulnerabilities  21 January 2010 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
USN-890-1 fixed vulnerabilities in Expat. This update provides the corresponding updates for the PyExpat module in Python 2.4. Original advisory details: Jukka Taimisto, Tero Rontti and Rauli Kaksonen discovered that Expat did not properly process malformed XML. If a user or application linked against Expat were tricked into opening a crafted XML file, an attacker could cause a denial of service via application crash. (CVE-2009-2625, CVE-2009-3720) It was discovered that Expat did not properly process malformed UTF-8 sequences. If a user or application linked against Expat were tricked into opening a crafted XML file, an attacker could cause a denial of service via application crash. (CVE-2009-3560)
 
Ubuntu: Python 2.5 vulnerabilities  21 January 2010 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
USN-890-1 fixed vulnerabilities in Expat. This update provides the corresponding updates for the PyExpat module in Python 2.5. Original advisory details: Jukka Taimisto, Tero Rontti and Rauli Kaksonen discovered that Expat did not properly process malformed XML. If a user or application linked against Expat were tricked into opening a crafted XML file, an attacker could cause a denial of service via application crash. (CVE-2009-2625, CVE-2009-3720) It was discovered that Expat did not properly process malformed UTF-8 sequences. If a user or application linked against Expat were tricked into opening a crafted XML file, an attacker could cause a denial of service via application crash. (CVE-2009-3560)
 
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