USN-2111-1: Linux kernel (Quantal HWE) vulnerabilities

18 February 2014

linux-lts-quantal 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-lts-quantal - Linux hardware enablement kernel from Quantal

Details

Vasily Kulikov reported a flaw in the Linux kernel’s implementation of ptrace. An unprivileged local user could exploit this flaw to obtain sensitive information from kernel memory. (CVE-2013-2929)

A flaw in the handling of memory regions of the kernel virtual machine (KVM) subsystem was discovered. A local user with the ability to assign a device could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (memory consumption). (CVE-2013-4592)

Nico Golde and Fabian Yamaguchi reported a flaw in the Linux kernel’s debugfs filesystem. An administrative local user could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (OOPS). (CVE-2013-6378)

Nico Golde and Fabian Yamaguchi reported a flaw in the driver for Adaptec AACRAID scsi raid devices in the Linux kernel. A local user could use this flaw to cause a denial of service or possibly other unspecified impact. (CVE-2013-6380)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
linux-image-3.5.0-46-generic - 3.5.0-46.70~precise1

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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