USN-2289-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities

17 July 2014

linux vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 13.10

Summary

Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.

Software Description

  • linux - Linux kernel

Details

Sasha Levin reported a flaw in the Linux kernel’s point-to-point protocol (PPP) when used with the Layer Two Tunneling Protocol (L2TP). A local user could exploit this flaw to gain administrative privileges. (CVE-2014-4943)

Michael S. Tsirkin discovered an information leak in the Linux kernel’s segmentation of skbs when using the zerocopy feature of vhost-net. A local attacker could exploit this flaw to gain potentially sensitive information from kernel memory. (CVE-2014-0131)

An flaw was discovered in the Linux kernel’s audit subsystem when auditing certain syscalls. A local attacker could exploit this flaw to obtain potentially sensitive single-bit values from kernel memory or cause a denial of service (OOPS). (CVE-2014-3917)

A flaw was discovered in the Linux kernel’s implementation of user namespaces with respect to inode permissions. A local user could exploit this flaw by creating a user namespace to gain administrative privileges. (CVE-2014-4014)

Don Bailey discovered a flaw in the LZO decompress algorithm used by the Linux kernel. An attacker could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (memory corruption or OOPS). (CVE-2014-4608)

Don Bailey and Ludvig Strigeus discovered an integer overflow in the Linux kernel’s implementation of the LZ4 decompression algorithm, when used by code not complying with API limitations. An attacker could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (memory corruption) or possibly other unspecified impact. (CVE-2014-4611)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 13.10
linux-image-3.11.0-26-generic - 3.11.0-26.45
linux-image-3.11.0-26-generic-lpae - 3.11.0-26.45

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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