USN-2560-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities

8 April 2015

linux vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.

Software Description

  • linux - Linux kernel


An integer overflow was discovered in the stack randomization feature of the Linux kernel on 64 bit platforms. A local attacker could exploit this flaw to bypass the Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) protection mechanism. (CVE-2015-1593)

An information leak was discovered in the Linux Kernel’s handling of userspace configuration of the link layer control (LLC). A local user could exploit this flaw to read data from other sysctl settings. (CVE-2015-2041)

An information leak was discovered in how the Linux kernel handles setting the Reliable Datagram Sockets (RDS) settings. A local user could exploit this flaw to read data from other sysctl settings. (CVE-2015-2042)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
linux-image-3.2.0-80-generic - 3.2.0-80.116
linux-image-3.2.0-80-generic-pae - 3.2.0-80.116
linux-image-3.2.0-80-highbank - 3.2.0-80.116
linux-image-3.2.0-80-omap - 3.2.0-80.116
linux-image-3.2.0-80-powerpc-smp - 3.2.0-80.116
linux-image-3.2.0-80-powerpc64-smp - 3.2.0-80.116
linux-image-3.2.0-80-virtual - 3.2.0-80.116

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.

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.