USN-2197-1: Linux kernel (EC2) vulnerability

6 May 2014

linux-ec2 vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

Summary

The system could be made to crash or run programs as an administrator.

Software Description

  • linux-ec2 - Linux kernel for EC2

Details

A flaw was discovered in the Linux kernel’s pseudo tty (pty) device. An unprivileged user could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (system crash) or potentially gain administrator privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
linux-image-2.6.32-363-ec2 - 2.6.32-363.77

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.

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