Security update for systemd

SUSE Security Update: Security update for systemd
Announcement ID: SUSE-SU-2019:0054-1
Rating: important
References: #1068588 #1071558 #1113665 #1120323
Cross-References:CVE-2018-15686 CVE-2018-16864 CVE-2018-16865
Affected Products:
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12-SP1-LTSS

An update that solves three vulnerabilities and has one errata is now available.


This update for systemd fixes the following issues:

  • Fix security vulnerabilities CVE-2018-16864 and CVE-2018-16865 (bsc#1120323): Both issues were memory corruptions via attacker-controlled alloca which could have been used to gain root privileges by a local attacker.

  • Fix security vulnerability CVE-2018-15686 (bsc#1113665): A vulnerability in unit_deserialize of systemd used to allow an attacker to supply arbitrary state across systemd re-execution via NotifyAccess. This could have been used to improperly influence systemd execution and possibly lead to root privilege escalation.

  • Remedy 2048 character line-length limit in systemd-sysctl code that would cause parser failures if /etc/sysctl.conf contained lines that exceeded this length (bsc#1071558).

  • Fix a bug in systemd's core timer code that would cause timer looping under certain conditions, resulting in hundreds of syslog messages being written to the journal (bsc#1068588).

Patch Instructions:

To install this SUSE Security Update use the SUSE recommended installation methods like YaST online_update or "zypper patch".
Alternatively you can run the command listed for your product:

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12-SP1-LTSS:
    zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-SERVER-12-SP1-2019-54=1

Package List:

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12-SP1-LTSS (ppc64le s390x x86_64):
    • libgudev-1_0-0-210-116.19.1
    • libgudev-1_0-0-debuginfo-210-116.19.1
    • libgudev-1_0-devel-210-116.19.1
    • libudev-devel-210-116.19.1
    • libudev1-210-116.19.1
    • libudev1-debuginfo-210-116.19.1
    • systemd-210-116.19.1
    • systemd-debuginfo-210-116.19.1
    • systemd-debugsource-210-116.19.1
    • systemd-devel-210-116.19.1
    • systemd-sysvinit-210-116.19.1
    • typelib-1_0-GUdev-1_0-210-116.19.1
    • udev-210-116.19.1
    • udev-debuginfo-210-116.19.1
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12-SP1-LTSS (s390x x86_64):
    • libgudev-1_0-0-32bit-210-116.19.1
    • libgudev-1_0-0-debuginfo-32bit-210-116.19.1
    • libudev1-32bit-210-116.19.1
    • libudev1-debuginfo-32bit-210-116.19.1
    • systemd-32bit-210-116.19.1
    • systemd-debuginfo-32bit-210-116.19.1
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12-SP1-LTSS (noarch):
    • systemd-bash-completion-210-116.19.1