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Ubuntu: network-manager-applet vulnerabilities  12 January 2010 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
It was discovered that NetworkManager did not ensure that the Certification Authority (CA) certificate file remained present when using WPA Enterprise or 802.1x networks. A remote attacker could use this flaw to spoof the identity of a wireless network and view sensitive information. (CVE-2009-4144) It was discovered that the connection editor GUI would incorrectly export objects over D-Bus. A local user could read D-Bus signals to view other users' network connection passwords and pre-shared keys. (CVE-2009-4145)
 
Ubuntu: GIMP vulnerabilities  07 January 2010 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Stefan Cornelius discovered that GIMP did not correctly handle certain malformed BMP files. If a user were tricked into opening a specially crafted BMP file, an attacker could execute arbitrary code with the user's privileges. (CVE-2009-1570) Stefan Cornelius discovered that GIMP did not correctly handle certain malformed PSD files. If a user were tricked into opening a specially crafted PSD file, an attacker could execute arbitrary code with the user's privileges. This issue only applied to Ubuntu 8.10, 9.04 and 9.10. (CVE-2009-3909)
 
Ubuntu: Linux kernel vulnerabilities  09 December 2009 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
David Ford discovered that the IPv4 defragmentation routine did not correctly handle oversized packets. A remote attacker could send specially crafted traffic that would cause a system to crash, leading to a denial of service. (The fix was included in the earlier kernels from USN-864-1.) (CVE-2009-1298) Akira Fujita discovered that the Ext4 "move extents" ioctl did not correctly check permissions. A local attacker could exploit this to overwrite arbitrary files on the system, leading to root privilege escalation. (CVE-2009-4131)
 
Ubuntu: gnome-screensaver vulnerability  07 December 2009 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
It was discovered that gnome-screensaver did not always re-enable itself after applications requested it to ignore idle timers. This may result in the screen not being automatically locked after the inactivity timeout is reached, permitting an attacker with physical access to gain access to an unlocked session.
 
Ubuntu: Bind vulnerability  07 December 2009 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Michael Sinatra discovered that Bind did not correctly validate certain records added to its cache. When DNSSEC validation is in use, a remote attacker could exploit this to spoof DNS entries and poison DNS caches. Among other things, this could lead to misdirected email and web traffic.
 
Ubuntu: PHP vulnerabilities  26 November 2009 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Maksymilian Arciemowicz discovered that PHP did not properly validate arguments to the dba_replace function. If a script passed untrusted input to the dba_replace function, an attacker could truncate the database. This issue only applied to Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, 8.04 LTS, and 8.10. (CVE-2008-7068) It was discovered that PHP's php_openssl_apply_verification_policy function did not correctly handle SSL certificates with zero bytes in the Common Name. A remote attacker could exploit this to perform a man in the middle attack to view sensitive information or alter encrypted communications. (CVE-2009-3291) It was discovered that PHP did not properly handle certain malformed images when being parsed by the Exif module. A remote attacker could exploit this flaw and cause the PHP server to crash, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2009-3292) Grzegorz Stachowiak discovered that PHP did not properly enforce restrictions in the tempnam function. An attacker could exploit this issue to bypass safe_mode restrictions. (CVE-2009-3557) Grzegorz Stachowiak discovered that PHP did not properly enforce restrictions in the posix_mkfifo function. An attacker could exploit this issue to bypass open_basedir restrictions. (CVE-2009-3558) Bogdan Calin discovered that PHP did not limit the number of temporary files created when handling multipart/form-data POST requests. A remote attacker could exploit this flaw and cause the PHP server to consume all available resources, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2009-4017) ATTENTION: This update changes previous PHP behaviour by limiting the number of files in a POST request to 50. This may be increased by adding a "max_file_uploads" directive to the php.ini configuration file. It was discovered that PHP did not properly enforce restrictions in the proc_open function. An attacker could exploit this issue to bypass safe_mode_protected_env_vars restrictions and possibly execute arbitrary code with application privileges. (CVE-2009-4018)
 
Ubuntu: libvorbis vulnerabilities  24 November 2009 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
It was discovered that libvorbis did not correctly handle ogg files with underpopulated Huffman trees. If a user were tricked into opening a specially crafted ogg file with an application that uses libvorbis, an attacker could cause a denial of service. (CVE-2008-2009) It was discovered that libvorbis did not correctly handle certain malformed ogg files. If a user were tricked into opening a specially crafted ogg file with an application that uses libvorbis, an attacker could cause a denial of service or possibly execute arbitrary code with the user's privileges. (CVE-2009-3379)
 
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