Debian Security Advisory

DLA-2399-1 packagekit -- LTS security update

Date Reported:
07 Oct 2020
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2020-16121, CVE-2020-16122.
More information:

Two vulnerabilities have been discovered in packagekit, a package management service.

  • CVE-2020-16121

    Vaisha Bernard discovered that PackageKit incorrectly handled certain methods. A local attacker could use this issue to learn the MIME type of any file on the system.

  • CVE-2020-16122

    Sami Niemimäki discovered that PackageKit incorrectly handled local deb packages. A local user could possibly use this issue to install untrusted packages, contrary to expectations.

For Debian 9 stretch, these problems have been fixed in version 1.1.5-2+deb9u2.

We recommend that you upgrade your packagekit packages.

For the detailed security status of packagekit please refer to its security tracker page at:

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