USN-1472-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities

12 June 2012

linux vulnerabilities

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

Andy Adamson discovered a flaw in the Linux kernel’s NFSv4 implementation. A remote NFS server (attacker) could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service. (CVE-2011-4131)

A flaw was discovered in the Linux kernel’s KVM (kernel virtual machine). An administrative user in the guest OS could leverage this flaw to cause a denial of service in the host OS. (CVE-2012-2121)

Schacher Raindel discovered a flaw in the Linux kernel’s memory handling when hugetlb is enabled. An unprivileged local attacker could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service and potentially gain higher privileges. (CVE-2012-2133)

Stephan Mueller reported a flaw in the Linux kernel’s dl2k network driver’s handling of ioctls. An unprivileged local user could leverage this flaw to cause a denial of service. (CVE-2012-2313)

Timo Warns reported multiple flaws in the Linux kernel’s hfsplus filesystem. An unprivileged local user could exploit these flaws to gain root system priviliges. (CVE-2012-2319)

Xi Wang discovered a flaw in the Linux kernel’s i915 graphics driver handling of cliprect on 32 bit systems. An unprivileged local attacker could leverage this flaw to cause a denial of service or potentially gain root privileges. (CVE-2012-2383)

Xi Wang discovered a flaw in the Linux kernel’s i915 graphics driver handling of buffer_count on 32 bit systems. An unprivileged local attacker could leverage this flaw to cause a denial of service or potentially gain root privileges. (CVE-2012-2384)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 11.10
linux-image-3.0.0-21-generic - 3.0.0-21.35
linux-image-3.0.0-21-generic-pae - 3.0.0-21.35
linux-image-3.0.0-21-omap - 3.0.0-21.35
linux-image-3.0.0-21-powerpc - 3.0.0-21.35
linux-image-3.0.0-21-powerpc-smp - 3.0.0-21.35
linux-image-3.0.0-21-powerpc64-smp - 3.0.0-21.35
linux-image-3.0.0-21-server - 3.0.0-21.35
linux-image-3.0.0-21-virtual - 3.0.0-21.35

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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