USN-1677-1: Linux kernel vulnerability

20 December 2012

linux vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 11.10


The system could be made to crash under certain conditions.

Software Description

  • linux - Linux kernel


A flaw was discovered in the Linux kernel’s handling of new hot-plugged memory. An unprivileged local user could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service by crashing the system.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 11.10
linux-image-3.0.0-29-generic - 3.0.0-29.46
linux-image-3.0.0-29-generic-pae - 3.0.0-29.46
linux-image-3.0.0-29-omap - 3.0.0-29.46
linux-image-3.0.0-29-powerpc - 3.0.0-29.46
linux-image-3.0.0-29-powerpc-smp - 3.0.0-29.46
linux-image-3.0.0-29-powerpc64-smp - 3.0.0-29.46
linux-image-3.0.0-29-server - 3.0.0-29.46
linux-image-3.0.0-29-virtual - 3.0.0-29.46

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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.