USN-2202-1: Linux kernel vulnerability

6 May 2014

linux vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 12.10


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

Software Description

  • linux - Linux kernel


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 12.10
linux-image-3.5.0-49-generic - 3.5.0-49.74
linux-image-3.5.0-49-highbank - 3.5.0-49.74
linux-image-3.5.0-49-omap - 3.5.0-49.74
linux-image-3.5.0-49-powerpc-smp - 3.5.0-49.74
linux-image-3.5.0-49-powerpc64-smp - 3.5.0-49.74

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.