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A YAJL security update has been released for Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS, 16.04 LTS, and 18.04 LTS.



[USN-6233-1] YAJL vulnerabilities


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Ubuntu Security Notice USN-6233-1
July 18, 2023

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

- Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Available with Ubuntu Pro)
- Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Available with Ubuntu Pro)
- Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Available with Ubuntu Pro)

Summary:

Several security issues were fixed in YAJL.

Software Description:
- yajl: Yet Another JSON Library

Details:

It was discovered that YAJL was not properly performing bounds checks when
decoding a string with escape sequences. If a user or automated system
using YAJL were tricked into processing specially crafted input, an
attacker could possibly use this issue to cause a denial of service
(application abort). (CVE-2017-16516)

It was discovered that YAJL was not properly handling memory allocation
when dealing with large inputs, which could lead to heap memory
corruption. If a user or automated system using YAJL were tricked into
running a specially crafted large input, an attacker could possibly use
this issue to cause a denial of service. (CVE-2022-24795)

It was discovered that memory leaks existed in one of the YAJL parsing
functions. An attacker could possibly use this issue to cause a denial of
service (memory exhaustion). (CVE-2023-33460)

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Available with Ubuntu Pro):
  libyajl2                        2.1.0-2ubuntu0.18.04.1~esm1

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Available with Ubuntu Pro):
  libyajl2                        2.1.0-2ubuntu0.16.04.1~esm1

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Available with Ubuntu Pro):
  libyajl2                        2.0.4-4ubuntu0.1~esm1

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

References:
  https://ubuntu.com/security/notices/USN-6233-1
  CVE-2017-16516, CVE-2022-24795, CVE-2023-33460