USN-2583-1: Linux kernel vulnerability

30 April 2015

linux vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


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

Software Description

  • linux - Linux kernel


A race condition between chown() and execve() was discovered in the Linux kernel. A local attacker could exploit this race by using chown on a setuid-user-binary to gain administrative privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
linux-image-2.6.32-74-386 - 2.6.32-74.142
linux-image-2.6.32-74-generic - 2.6.32-74.142
linux-image-2.6.32-74-generic-pae - 2.6.32-74.142
linux-image-2.6.32-74-ia64 - 2.6.32-74.142
linux-image-2.6.32-74-lpia - 2.6.32-74.142
linux-image-2.6.32-74-powerpc - 2.6.32-74.142
linux-image-2.6.32-74-powerpc-smp - 2.6.32-74.142
linux-image-2.6.32-74-powerpc64-smp - 2.6.32-74.142
linux-image-2.6.32-74-preempt - 2.6.32-74.142
linux-image-2.6.32-74-server - 2.6.32-74.142
linux-image-2.6.32-74-sparc64 - 2.6.32-74.142
linux-image-2.6.32-74-sparc64-smp - 2.6.32-74.142
linux-image-2.6.32-74-versatile - 2.6.32-74.142
linux-image-2.6.32-74-virtual - 2.6.32-74.142

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.