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Ubuntu update for postgresql-common

Published: 2019-12-03
Severity Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2019-3466
Exploitation vector Local
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
postgresql-common (Ubuntu package)
Operating systems & Components / Operating system package or component

Vendor Canonical Ltd.

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one low risk vulnerability.

1) Permissions, Privileges, and Access Controls

Severity: Low

CVSSv3: 6.8 [CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:U/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2019-3466

CWE-ID: CWE-264 - Permissions, Privileges, and Access Controls

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a local user to escalate privileges on the system.

The vulnerability exists due to pg_ctlcluster does not drop privileges before creating sockets and temporary directories outside "/var/run/postgresql". A local user can create arbitrary directories on the system during application startup or reload and elevate privileges on the system.


Update the affected packages.

Ubuntu 14.04 ESM
postgresql-common - 154ubuntu1.1+esm1

Vulnerable software versions

postgresql-common (Ubuntu package): 154, 154ubuntu1, 154ubuntu1.1

CPE External links

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

No. This vulnerability can be exploited locally. The attacker should have authentication credentials and successfully authenticate on the system.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability.