USN-1598-1: Linux kernel vulnerability

9 October 2012

linux vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS

Summary

Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.

Software Description

  • linux - Linux kernel

Details

An error was discovered in the Linux kernel’s network TUN/TAP device implementation. A local user with access to the TUN/TAP interface (which is not available to unprivileged users until granted by a root user) could exploit this flaw to crash the system or potential gain administrative privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
linux-image-2.6.24-32-386 - 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-generic - 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-hppa32 - 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-hppa64 - 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-itanium - 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-lpia - 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-lpiacompat - 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-mckinley - 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-openvz - 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-powerpc - 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-powerpc-smp - 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-powerpc64-smp - 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-rt - 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-server - 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-sparc64 - 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-sparc64-smp - 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-virtual - 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-xen - 2.6.24-32.105

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.

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