After reading about the lately discovered vulnerability with sudo, I decided to update to 1.8.28 manually. I downloaded deb file from sudo.ws and used dpkg to install it, and it failed due to lack of dependencies.

sudo dpkg -i debs/sudo_1.8.28-1_ubu1804_i386.deb 
(Reading database ... 232031 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../sudo_1.8.28-1_ubu1804_i386.deb ...
Unpacking sudo:i386 (1.8.28-1) over (1.8.27-1ubuntu1.1) ...
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of sudo:i386:
sudo:i386 depends on libc6.
sudo:i386 depends on libpam0g.
sudo:i386 depends on libpam-modules.
sudo:i386 depends on zlib1g.
sudo:i386 depends on libselinux1.
sudo:i386 depends on libaudit1.

dpkg: error processing package sudo:i386 (--install):
dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Processing triggers for man-db (2.8.5-2) ...
Errors were encountered while processing:

After that I can't call sudo any more and it seems to be damaged cause I can locate it in /usr/bin/sudo:

l /usr/bin/sudo
-rwsr-xr-x 1 root root 479K Oct 10 20:15 /usr/bin/sudo

Since there is no Root user available on Ubuntu I was wondering if there is any solution other than rebooting as root in recovery mode?


Here is the output of type on sudo:

type -a sudo 
sudo is /usr/bin/sudo
sudo is /bin/sudo

And pkexecdoesn't seem to be working for me (no action. Only sitting there gazing at me)

The only option left is recovery mode which I have to postpone till end of the day and I'll let you know the result.

  • You should not be using sudo_1.8.28-1_ubu1804_i386.deb. Chances are you are on a 64bit Ubuntu server. Run sudo apt-get upgrade to upgrade all your pacakges, including sudo – hanxue Oct 15 '19 at 9:23
  • The fix has been rolled out for all repositories alredy: people.canonical.com/~ubuntu-security/cve/2019/… – pLumo Oct 15 '19 at 9:28
  • @Kulfy Ubuntu 19.04 – Morteza Tourani Oct 15 '19 at 9:29
  • @hanxue I can't use sudo since it can't find it. – Morteza Tourani Oct 15 '19 at 9:30
  • 3
    So please edit your question to show the exact commands you issued and their output. – Melebius Oct 15 '19 at 11:41

The only solution I found so far was rebooting as root in recovery mode and starting networking service for it to download required packages and after all it's back to normal, but unfortunately 1.8.27 version

  • As per USN-4154-1: Sudo vulnerability, 1.8.27 is the version that fixes vulnerabilities for 19.04. – Kulfy Oct 15 '19 at 17:31
  • @Kulfy Thanks for the time. Sudo's change log claims it happened on 1.8.28 so, maybe Ubuntu themselves managed this issue. – Morteza Tourani Oct 16 '19 at 10:22

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.