USN-2240-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities

5 June 2014

linux vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Summary

Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.

Software Description

  • linux - Linux kernel

Details

Pinkie Pie discovered a flaw in the Linux kernel’s futex subsystem. An unprivileged local user could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (system crash) or gain administrative privileges. (CVE-2014-3153)

An information leak was discovered in the netfilter subsystem of the Linux kernel. An attacker could exploit this flaw to obtain sensitive information from kernel memory. (CVE-2014-2568)

Sasha Levin reported a bug in the Linux kernel’s virtual memory management subsystem. An unprivileged local user could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (system crash). (CVE-2014-3122)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
linux-image-3.13.0-29-generic - 3.13.0-29.53
linux-image-3.13.0-29-generic-lpae - 3.13.0-29.53
linux-image-3.13.0-29-lowlatency - 3.13.0-29.53
linux-image-3.13.0-29-powerpc-e500 - 3.13.0-29.53
linux-image-3.13.0-29-powerpc-e500mc - 3.13.0-29.53
linux-image-3.13.0-29-powerpc-smp - 3.13.0-29.53
linux-image-3.13.0-29-powerpc64-emb - 3.13.0-29.53
linux-image-3.13.0-29-powerpc64-smp - 3.13.0-29.53

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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