Ubuntu update for indent

Published: 2023-09-20
Risk High
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2023-40305
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Operating systems & Components / Operating system

indent (Ubuntu package)
Operating systems & Components / Operating system package or component

Vendor Canonical Ltd.

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one high risk vulnerability.

1) Heap-based buffer overflow

EUVDB-ID: #VU79962

Risk: High


CVE-ID: CVE-2023-40305


Exploit availability:


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

The vulnerability exists due to a boundary error within the search_brace() function in indent.c. A remote attacker can create a specially crafted file, trick the victim into opening it, trigger heap-based buffer overflow and execute arbitrary code on the target system.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may result in complete compromise of vulnerable system.


Update the affected package indent to the latest version.

Vulnerable software versions

Ubuntu: 20.04 - 23.04

indent (Ubuntu package): before 2.2.12-4ubuntu0.1

Fixed software versions

CPE2.3 External links


Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?