USN-2805-1: Linux kernel (Utopic HWE) vulnerability

10 November 2015

linux-lts-utopic vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


The system could be made to crash under certain conditions.

Software Description

  • linux-lts-utopic - Linux hardware enablement kernel from Utopic


Ben Serebrin discovered that the KVM hypervisor implementation in the Linux kernel did not properly catch Alignment Check exceptions. An attacker in a guest virtual machine could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash) in the host OS.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
linux-image-3.16.0-53-generic - 3.16.0-53.72~14.04.1
linux-image-3.16.0-53-generic-lpae - 3.16.0-53.72~14.04.1
linux-image-3.16.0-53-lowlatency - 3.16.0-53.72~14.04.1
linux-image-3.16.0-53-powerpc-e500mc - 3.16.0-53.72~14.04.1
linux-image-3.16.0-53-powerpc-smp - 3.16.0-53.72~14.04.1
linux-image-3.16.0-53-powerpc64-emb - 3.16.0-53.72~14.04.1
linux-image-3.16.0-53-powerpc64-smp - 3.16.0-53.72~14.04.1

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.