USN-2279-1: Transmission vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2279-1

16th July, 2014

transmission vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 13.10
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Summary

Transmission could be made to crash or run programs if it received specially crafted network traffic.

Software description

  • transmission - lightweight BitTorrent client

Details

Ben Hawkes discovered that Transmission incorrectly handled certain peer
messages. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause a denial of
service, or possibly execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
transmission-common 2.82-1.1ubuntu3.1
Ubuntu 13.10:
transmission-common 2.82-0ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:
transmission-common 2.51-0ubuntu1.4

To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

After a standard system update you need to restart Transmission to make all
the necessary changes.

References

CVE-2014-4909