USN-88-1: reportbug information disclosure
Posted on: 02/28/2005 11:52 AM

An updated reportbug package has been released for Ubuntu Linux 4.10

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-88-1 February 28, 2005
reportbug information disclosure

A security issue affects the following Ubuntu releases:

Ubuntu 4.10 (Warty Warthog)

The following packages are affected:


The problem can be corrected by upgrading the affected package to version 2.62ubuntu1.1. In general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the necessary changes. However, if your users already have ~/.reportbugrc files with SMTP passwords, you need to manually change their permissions with

chmod 600 .reportbugrc

Details follow:

Rolf Leggewie discovered two information disclosure bugs in reportbug.

The per-user configuration file ~/.reportbugrc was created world-readable. If it contained email smarthost passwords, these were readable by any other user on the computer storing the home directory.

reportbug usually includes the settings from ~/.reportbugrc in generated bug reports. This included the "smtppasswd" setting (the password for an SMTP email smarthost) as well. The password is now hidden from reports.

Source archives:
Size/MD5: 540 19dab43ca7c942311e87ad5e48e32a39
Size/MD5: 115256 9b3fbec6a6974274068afb08835f0fdc

Architecture independent packages:
Size/MD5: 104630 f051c98020dffd1e8ae3253ab72e88ce

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