USN-1737-1: Linux kernel (EC2) vulnerability
22 February 2013
A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:
- Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
The system could be made to run programs as an administrator.
- linux-ec2 - Linux kernel for EC2
Suleiman Souhlal, Salman Qazi, Aaron Durbin and Michael Davidson discovered a race condition in the Linux kernel’s ptrace syscall. An unprivileged local attacker could exploit this flaw to run programs as an administrator.
The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:
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.