With the news of the vulnerability found in sudo versions prior to 1.8.28, I am trying to upgrade to that version, but have had no luck. I did sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get upgrade and sudo continues to be at the same version. Even tried sudo apt-get upgrade sudo and it says it's at the latest, which cannot be entirely true since 1.8.28 was released earlier today.

How does one typically go about updating packages using apt-get to latest versions?

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    Related: Why don't the Ubuntu repositories have the latest versions of software? but security patches get usually backported to the specific version a release uses pretty quickly. – Byte Commander Oct 14 '19 at 20:48
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    Please share the CVE number if you really worry. – N0rbert Oct 14 '19 at 20:48
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    Just came out today, See here, usn.ubuntu.com/4154-1 I see the sudo update here in both 16.04 and 18.04.. If you don't see make sure bionic-updates and bionic-security are enabled in your sources. – doug Oct 14 '19 at 20:49
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    With security issues, one typically goes about updating by ensuring you have the -security repository enabled. That's where the Ubuntu Security Team uploads to. – user535733 Oct 14 '19 at 22:24

It is known as CVE-2019-14287 and already fixed as backport.

All you need - is to run:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

(but is more likely that unattended-upgrades was already installed all updates)

See USN https://usn.ubuntu.com/4154-1/ :


and was indicated in changelog of sudo 1.8.21p2-3ubuntu1.1 for 18.04 LTS.

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    To add a bit of info to this answer, security fixes like this one are backported and applied to the application version currently in the repositories as the Ubuntu repositories don't offer the latest version of packages after an OS has been released (To be precise, once the packages' version is frozen during development). For example, the sudo package in 14.04 is still version 1.8.9 as you can see in the screenshot, but it is actually patched to include the fix for the vulnerability. – Dan Oct 15 '19 at 7:20
  • "the packages' version is frozen during development" - How do I get the latest versions of things on linux, if they're not in the repositories? I have to clone and compile everything? – Adam Barnes Oct 15 '19 at 15:58
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    @AdamBarnes It's hard to give justice to an answer to that question in a comment. I strongly recommend checking the answers to the question I linked in my previous comment. If none of them answers your question, you can always ask a new one! – Dan Oct 16 '19 at 16:04

For me it was enough to run:

  1. sudo apt-get update
  2. sudo apt-cache policy sudo and check versions (Installed: 1.8.16-0ubuntu1.5, Candidate: 1.8.16-0ubuntu1.8 = this version fixed problem)
  3. sudo apt-get install sudo

And the package was updated and check that bug: sudo -u#-1 whoami no more works

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    Question for "+1"-voters - why do you think that this answer is an answer? The third command will fail with "E: The update command takes no arguments" error. So it should be edited to become correct. Otherwise it is bad and low-quality answer. We can not use it to get positive result. Also apt-cache do not require sudo rights. I'll recommend @user1005724 to read man apt-get and man apt-cache before posting answers for very serious topics about security. – N0rbert Oct 16 '19 at 20:45
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    3. Should be either sudo apt upgrade to apply all available updates, or sudo apt install sudo or sudo apt install --only-upgrade sudo for only that specific upgrade. Right now, the suggested command does not work, as N0rbert correctly pointed out. – Byte Commander Oct 17 '19 at 19:39
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    Yeah, you are correct Byte Commander, I have updated the answer. My bad. Thanks for pointing this out. The goal was to point out that it is enough to update just a single package to solve the problem. There are a lot of admins who cannot afford to upgrade whole system like a charm ... :-) – Honza P. Oct 18 '19 at 10:58

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