USN-169-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities

19 August 2005

linux-source-2.6.8.1, linux-source-2.6.10 vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 5.04
  • Ubuntu 4.10

Software Description

Details

David Howells discovered a local Denial of Service vulnerability in the key session joining function. Under certain user-triggerable conditions, a semaphore was not released properly, which caused processes which also attempted to join a key session to hang forever. This only affects Ubuntu 5.04 (Hoary Hedgehog). (CAN-2005-2098)

David Howells discovered a local Denial of Service vulnerability in the keyring allocator. A local attacker could exploit this to crash the kernel by attempting to add a specially crafted invalid keyring. This only affects Ubuntu 5.04 (Hoary Hedgehog). (CAN-2005-2099)

Balazs Scheidler discovered a local Denial of Service vulnerability in the xfrm_compile_policy() function. By calling setsockopt() with an invalid xfrm_user policy message, a local attacker could cause the kernel to write to an array beyond its boundaries, thus causing a kernel crash. (CAN-2005-2456)

Tim Yamin discovered that the driver for compressed ISO file systems did not sufficiently validate the iput data. By tricking an user into mounting a malicious CD-ROM with a specially crafted compressed ISO file system, he could cause a kernel crash. (CAN-2005-2457)

It was discovered that the kernel’s embedded zlib compression library was still vulnerable to two old vulnerabilities of the standalone zlib library. This library is used by various drivers and can also be used by third party modules, so the impact varies. (CAN-2005-2458, CAN-2005-2459)

Peter Sandstrom discovered a remote Denial of Service vulnerability in the SNMP handler. Certain UDP packages lead to a function call with the wrong argument, which resulted in a crash of the network stack. This only affects Ubuntu 4.10 (Warty Warthog). (CAN-2005-2548)

Herbert Xu discovered that the setsockopt() function was not restricted to privileged users. This allowed a local attacker to bypass intended IPSec policies, set invalid policies to exploit flaws like CAN-2005-2456, or cause a Denial of Service by adding policies until kernel memory is exhausted. Now the call is restricted to processes with the CAP_NET_ADMIN capability. (CAN-2005-2555)

The Ubuntu 5.04 kernel update also fixes a memory leak in the “md” (Software RAID) driver which eventually lead to kernel memory exhaustion. Ubuntu 4.10 is not affected by this. (http://bugs.debian.org/317787)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 5.04
linux-image-2.6.10-5-386
linux-image-2.6.10-5-686
linux-image-2.6.10-5-686-smp
linux-image-2.6.10-5-amd64-generic
linux-image-2.6.10-5-amd64-k8
linux-image-2.6.10-5-amd64-k8-smp
linux-image-2.6.10-5-amd64-xeon
linux-image-2.6.10-5-itanium
linux-image-2.6.10-5-itanium-smp
linux-image-2.6.10-5-k7
linux-image-2.6.10-5-k7-smp
linux-image-2.6.10-5-mckinley
linux-image-2.6.10-5-mckinley-smp
linux-image-2.6.10-5-power3
linux-image-2.6.10-5-power3-smp
linux-image-2.6.10-5-power4
linux-image-2.6.10-5-power4-smp
linux-image-2.6.10-5-powerpc
linux-image-2.6.10-5-powerpc-smp
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-386
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-686
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-686-smp
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-amd64-generic
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-amd64-k8
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-amd64-k8-smp
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-amd64-xeon
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-k7
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-k7-smp
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-power3
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-power3-smp
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-power4
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-power4-smp
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-powerpc
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-powerpc-smp
linux-patch-debian-2.6.8.1
linux-patch-ubuntu-2.6.10
Ubuntu 4.10
linux-image-2.6.10-5-386
linux-image-2.6.10-5-686
linux-image-2.6.10-5-686-smp
linux-image-2.6.10-5-amd64-generic
linux-image-2.6.10-5-amd64-k8
linux-image-2.6.10-5-amd64-k8-smp
linux-image-2.6.10-5-amd64-xeon
linux-image-2.6.10-5-itanium
linux-image-2.6.10-5-itanium-smp
linux-image-2.6.10-5-k7
linux-image-2.6.10-5-k7-smp
linux-image-2.6.10-5-mckinley
linux-image-2.6.10-5-mckinley-smp
linux-image-2.6.10-5-power3
linux-image-2.6.10-5-power3-smp
linux-image-2.6.10-5-power4
linux-image-2.6.10-5-power4-smp
linux-image-2.6.10-5-powerpc
linux-image-2.6.10-5-powerpc-smp
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-386
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-686
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-686-smp
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-amd64-generic
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-amd64-k8
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-amd64-k8-smp
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-amd64-xeon
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-k7
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-k7-smp
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-power3
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-power3-smp
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-power4
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-power4-smp
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-powerpc
linux-image-2.6.8.1-5-powerpc-smp
linux-patch-debian-2.6.8.1
linux-patch-ubuntu-2.6.10

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

References