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Ubuntu: New APT packages fix security vulnerabilities

It was discovered that APT incorrectly handled the Verify-Host configuration option. If a remote attacker were able to perform a man-in-the-middle attack, this flaw could potentially be used to steal repository credentials. Updated packages are available from security.ubuntu.com.

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Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1283-1
November 28, 2011

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

- Ubuntu 11.04
- Ubuntu 10.10
- Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 8.04 LTS

Summary:

APT could be made to expose sensitive information over the network.

Software Description:
- apt: Advanced front-end for dpkg

Details:

It was discovered that APT incorrectly handled the Verify-Host
configuration option. If a remote attacker were able to perform a
man-in-the-middle attack, this flaw could potentially be used to steal
repository credentials. This issue only affected Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and
10.10. (CVE-2011-3634)

USN-1215-1 fixed a vulnerability in APT by disabling the apt-key net-update
option. This update re-enables the option with corrected verification.
Original advisory details:
It was discovered that the apt-key utility incorrectly verified GPG
keys when downloaded via the net-update option. If a remote attacker were
able to perform a man-in-the-middle attack, this flaw could potentially be
used to install altered packages.

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 11.04:
 apt                             0.8.13.2ubuntu4.3

Ubuntu 10.10:
 apt                             0.8.3ubuntu7.3

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS:
 apt                             0.7.25.3ubuntu9.9

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS:
 apt                             0.7.9ubuntu17.4

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.

References:
 http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-1283-1
 CVE-2011-3634

Package Information:
 https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/apt/0.8.13.2ubuntu4.3
 https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/apt/0.8.3ubuntu7.3
 https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/apt/0.7.25.3ubuntu9.9
 https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/apt/0.7.9ubuntu17.4
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