USN-2140-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities

7 March 2014

linux vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 13.10


Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.

Software Description

  • linux - Linux kernel


An information leak was discovered in the Linux kernel when built with the NetFilter Connection Tracking (NF_CONNTRACK) support for IRC protocol (NF_NAT_IRC). A remote attacker could exploit this flaw to obtain potentially sensitive kernel information when communicating over a client- to-client IRC connection(/dcc) via a NAT-ed network. (CVE-2014-1690)

Matthew Thode reported a denial of service vulnerability in the Linux kernel when SELinux support is enabled. A local user with the CAP_MAC_ADMIN capability (and the SELinux mac_admin permission if running in enforcing mode) could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (kernel crash). (CVE-2014-1874)

An information leak was discovered in the Linux kernel’s NFS filesystem. A local users with write access to an NFS share could exploit this flaw to obtain potential sensative information from kernel memory. (CVE-2014-2038)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 13.10
linux-image-3.11.0-18-generic - 3.11.0-18.32
linux-image-3.11.0-18-generic-lpae - 3.11.0-18.32

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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.