USN-1778-1: Linux kernel (OMAP4) vulnerabilities

22 March 2013

linux-ti-omap4 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-ti-omap4 - Linux kernel for OMAP4

Details

Andrew Jones discovered a flaw with the xen_iret function in Linux kernel’s Xen virtualizeation. In the 32-bit Xen paravirt platform an unprivileged guest OS user could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (crash the system) or gain guest OS privilege. (CVE-2013-0228)

A flaw was reported in the permission checks done by the Linux kernel for /dev/cpu/*/msr. A local root user with all capabilities dropped could exploit this flaw to execute code with full root capabilities. (CVE-2013-0268)

A flaw was discovered in the Linux kernel’s vhost driver used to accelerate guest networking in KVM based virtual machines. A privileged guest user could exploit this flaw to crash the host system. (CVE-2013-0311)

An information leak was discovered in the Linux kernel’s Bluetooth stack when HIDP (Human Interface Device Protocol) support is enabled. A local unprivileged user could exploit this flaw to cause an information leak from the kernel. (CVE-2013-0349)

A flaw was discovered on the Linux kernel’s VFAT filesystem driver when a disk is mounted with the utf8 option (this is the default on Ubuntu). On a system where disks/images can be auto-mounted or a FAT filesystem is mounted an unprivileged user can exploit the flaw to gain root privileges. (CVE-2013-1773)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 11.10
linux-image-3.0.0-1222-omap4 - 3.0.0-1222.36

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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