USN-2268-1: Linux kernel vulnerability

5 July 2014

linux vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


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

Software Description

  • linux - Linux kernel


Andy Lutomirski discovered a flaw with the Linux kernel’s ptrace syscall on x86_64 processors. An attacker could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (System Crash) or potential gain administrative privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
linux-image-3.2.0-65-generic - 3.2.0-65.99
linux-image-3.2.0-65-generic-pae - 3.2.0-65.99
linux-image-3.2.0-65-highbank - 3.2.0-65.99
linux-image-3.2.0-65-omap - 3.2.0-65.99
linux-image-3.2.0-65-powerpc-smp - 3.2.0-65.99
linux-image-3.2.0-65-powerpc64-smp - 3.2.0-65.99
linux-image-3.2.0-65-virtual - 3.2.0-65.99

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.