USN-1322-1: Linux kernel vulnerability

9 January 2012

linux vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 11.10

Summary

Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.

Software Description

  • linux - Linux kernel

Details

Nick Bowler discovered the kernel GHASH message digest algorithm incorrectly handled error conditions. A local attacker could exploit this to cause a kernel oops.

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 11.10
linux-image-3.0.0-14-generic - 3.0.0-14.23
linux-image-3.0.0-14-generic-pae - 3.0.0-14.23
linux-image-3.0.0-14-omap - 3.0.0-14.23
linux-image-3.0.0-14-powerpc - 3.0.0-14.23
linux-image-3.0.0-14-powerpc-smp - 3.0.0-14.23
linux-image-3.0.0-14-powerpc64-smp - 3.0.0-14.23
linux-image-3.0.0-14-server - 3.0.0-14.23
linux-image-3.0.0-14-virtual - 3.0.0-14.23

To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make all the necessary changes.

ATTENTION: Due to an unavoidable ABI change the kernel updates have been given a new version number, which requires you to recompile and reinstall all third party kernel modules you might have installed. If you use linux-restricted-modules, you have to update that package as well to get modules which work with the new kernel version. Unless you manually uninstalled the standard kernel metapackages (e.g. linux-generic, linux-server, linux-powerpc), a standard system upgrade will automatically perform this as well.

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