USN-1809-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities

1 May 2013

linux vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Summary

Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.

Software Description

  • linux - Linux kernel

Details

Mathias Krause discovered an information leak in the Linux kernel’s UDF file system implementation. A local user could exploit this flaw to examine some of the kernel’s heap memory. (CVE-2012-6548)

Mathias Krause discovered an information leak in the Linux kernel’s ISO 9660 CDROM file system driver. A local user could exploit this flaw to examine some of the kernel’s heap memory. (CVE-2012-6549)

An integer overflow was discovered in the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) subsystem for the i915 video driver in the Linux kernel. A local user could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (crash) or potentially escalate privileges. (CVE-2013-0913)

Andrew Honig discovered a flaw in guest OS time updates in the Linux kernel’s KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine). A privileged guest user could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (crash host system) or potential escalate privilege to the host kernel level. (CVE-2013-1796)

Andrew Honig discovered a use after free error in guest OS time updates in the Linux kernel’s KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine). A privileged guest user could exploit this flaw to escalate privilege to the host kernel level. (CVE-2013-1797)

Andrew Honig reported a flaw in the way KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) emulated the IOAPIC. A privileged guest user could exploit this flaw to read host memory or cause a denial of service (crash the host). (CVE-2013-1798)

A format-string bug was discovered in the Linux kernel’s ext3 filesystem driver. A local user could exploit this flaw to possibly escalate privileges on the system. (CVE-2013-1848)

A buffer overflow was discovered in the Linux Kernel’s USB subsystem for devices reporting the cdc-wdm class. A specially crafted USB device when plugged-in could cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2013-1860)

A flaw was discovered in the SCTP (stream control transfer protocol) network protocol’s handling of duplicate cookies in the Linux kernel. A remote attacker could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (system crash) on another remote user querying the SCTP connection. (CVE-2013-2206)

An information leak in the Linux kernel’s dcb netlink interface was discovered. A local user could obtain sensitive information by examining kernel stack memory. (CVE-2013-2634)

A kernel stack information leak was discovered in the RTNETLINK component of the Linux kernel. A local user could read sensitive information from the kernel stack. (CVE-2013-2635)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
linux-image-3.2.0-41-generic - 3.2.0-41.66
linux-image-3.2.0-41-generic-pae - 3.2.0-41.66
linux-image-3.2.0-41-highbank - 3.2.0-41.66
linux-image-3.2.0-41-omap - 3.2.0-41.66
linux-image-3.2.0-41-powerpc-smp - 3.2.0-41.66
linux-image-3.2.0-41-powerpc64-smp - 3.2.0-41.66
linux-image-3.2.0-41-virtual - 3.2.0-41.66

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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