USN-2544-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities

24 March 2015

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

Eric Windisch discovered flaw in how the Linux kernel’s XFS file system replaces remote attributes. A local access with access to an XFS file system could exploit this flaw to escalate their privileges. (CVE-2015-0274)

A flaw was discovered in the automatic loading of modules in the crypto subsystem of the Linux kernel. A local user could exploit this flaw to load installed kernel modules, increasing the attack surface and potentially using this to gain administrative privileges. (CVE-2013-7421)

The Linux kernel’s splice system call did not correctly validate its parameters. A local, unprivileged user could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (system crash). (CVE-2014-7822)

A flaw was discovered in the crypto subsystem when screening module names for automatic module loading if the name contained a valid crypto module name, eg. vfat(aes). A local user could exploit this flaw to load installed kernel modules, increasing the attack surface and potentially using this to gain administrative privileges. (CVE-2014-9644)

Carl H Lunde discovered that the UDF file system (CONFIG_UDF_FS) failed to verify symlink size info. A local attacker, who is able to mount a malicous UDF file system image, could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly cause other undesired behaviors. (CVE-2014-9728)

Carl H Lunde discovered that the UDF file system (CONFIG_UDF_FS) did not valid inode size information . A local attacker, who is able to mount a malicous UDF file system image, could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly cause other undesired behaviors. (CVE-2014-9729)

Carl H Lunde discovered that the UDF file system (CONFIG_UDF_FS) did not correctly verify the component length for symlinks. A local attacker, who is able to mount a malicous UDF file system image, could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly cause other undesired behaviors. (CVE-2014-9730)

Carl H Lunde discovered an information leak in the UDF file system (CONFIG_UDF_FS). A local attacker, who is able to mount a malicous UDF file system image, could exploit this flaw to read potential sensitve kernel memory. (CVE-2014-9731)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
linux-image-3.13.0-48-generic - 3.13.0-48.80
linux-image-3.13.0-48-generic-lpae - 3.13.0-48.80
linux-image-3.13.0-48-lowlatency - 3.13.0-48.80
linux-image-3.13.0-48-powerpc-e500 - 3.13.0-48.80
linux-image-3.13.0-48-powerpc-e500mc - 3.13.0-48.80
linux-image-3.13.0-48-powerpc-smp - 3.13.0-48.80
linux-image-3.13.0-48-powerpc64-emb - 3.13.0-48.80
linux-image-3.13.0-48-powerpc64-smp - 3.13.0-48.80

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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