USN-2734-1: Linux kernel vulnerability

3 September 2015

linux vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


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

Software Description

  • linux - Linux kernel


It was discovered that an integer overflow error existed in the SCSI generic (sg) driver in the Linux kernel. A local attacker with write permission to a SCSI generic device could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash) or potentially escalate their privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
linux-image-3.13.0-63-generic - 3.13.0-63.103
linux-image-3.13.0-63-generic-lpae - 3.13.0-63.103
linux-image-3.13.0-63-lowlatency - 3.13.0-63.103
linux-image-3.13.0-63-powerpc-e500 - 3.13.0-63.103
linux-image-3.13.0-63-powerpc-e500mc - 3.13.0-63.103
linux-image-3.13.0-63-powerpc-smp - 3.13.0-63.103
linux-image-3.13.0-63-powerpc64-emb - 3.13.0-63.103
linux-image-3.13.0-63-powerpc64-smp - 3.13.0-63.103

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.