"rpm" is a universe package (and quite 'alien' on Debian/Ubuntu):
$ apt-cache policy rpm
  Installed: (none)
  Version table: 500
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial/universe s390 Packages
As a universe package it's community supported,
and the Ubuntu package is synch'ed over from Debian.
Hence it need to be fixed upstream and in the Debian package first.

Just as a side-note: Please keep in mind that in Ubuntu the main package 
management tools are deb-packages or snaps.
Reading that rpm is used - and not knowing the exact use case - let me think 
that possibly the wrong tooling is used on Ubuntu.

Standard answer for universe packages is:

This package is part of the universe section of the Ubuntu archive. Universe 
packages are maintained by the community, and the maintainers do not 
necessarily work for Canonical, therefore these packages are not always 
directly supported by Canonical. 
The existing process to update packages in the Universe archive with patches, 
is as follows: 
1. Upstream: Upstream your fix to the appropriate upstream project.
2. Debian: once your patch is ack’ed and accepted upstream, you need to request 
a merge of this patch to the package in Debian stable. 
https://www.debian.org/Bugs/Reporting use this link to report your issue and 
submit a fix. 
3. Ubuntu: Once it is merged into Debian stable, request a merge of this 
package with Ubuntu. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Debian/Bugs will provide you an 
overview on how to handle bugs that are reported to Debian and subsequently to 
- The merge request lands by default in Ubuntu's current development release 
(today ‘Artful’).
- If required an SRU may follow to get the changes into already released Ubuntu 
versions (like ‘Xenial’ or ‘Zesty’).
Work with the respective upstream maintainers (Debian and Ubuntu) is required 
during this process.  For critical issues we can advise you as you go through 
this process and help push the patches through by chasing the appropriate 
project contributors.
[To find out if a package is a universe package use: apt policy <package-name>.]

** Also affects: ubuntu-z-systems
   Importance: Undecided
       Status: New

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