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A dpkg security update has been released for Ubuntu Linux 16.04 ESM.

USN-5446-2: dpkg vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-5446-2
May 30, 2022

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

- Ubuntu 16.04 ESM


A malicious source package could write files outside the unpack directory.

Software Description:
- dpkg: Debian package management system


USN-5446-1 fixed a vulnerability in dpkg. This update provides
the corresponding update for Ubuntu 16.04 ESM.

Original advisory details:

Max Justicz discovered that dpkg incorrectly handled unpacking certain
source packages. If a user or an automated system were tricked into
unpacking a specially crafted source package, a remote attacker could
modify files outside the target unpack directory, leading to a denial of
service or potentially gaining access to the system.

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM:
dpkg 1.18.4ubuntu1.7+esm1
libdpkg-perl 1.18.4ubuntu1.7+esm1

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