This bug was fixed in the package ubuntu-release-upgrader - 1:0.220.10

ubuntu-release-upgrader (1:0.220.10) trusty-security; urgency=medium

  * Properly drop permissions when opening a browser. (LP: #1174007)

 -- Marc Deslauriers <>  Mon, 09 Apr 2018
10:01:24 -0400

** Changed in: ubuntu-release-upgrader (Ubuntu Trusty)
       Status: Confirmed => Fix Released

** Changed in: ubuntu-release-upgrader (Ubuntu Artful)
       Status: Confirmed => Fix Released

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