USN-2153-1: initramfs-tools vulnerability

24 March 2014

initramfs-tools vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 12.10
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


initramfs-tools used incorrect mount options.

Software Description

  • initramfs-tools - tools for generating an initramfs


Kees Cook discovered that initramfs-tools incorrectly mounted /run without the noexec option, contrary to expected behaviour.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.10
initramfs-tools - 0.103ubuntu0.2.2
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
initramfs-tools - 0.99ubuntu13.5

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.