USN-2843-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities

17 December 2015

linux vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 15.10

Summary

Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.

Software Description

  • linux - Linux kernel

Details

Jan Beulich discovered that the KVM svm hypervisor implementation in the Linux kernel did not properly catch Debug exceptions on AMD processors. An attacker in a guest virtual machine could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash) in the host OS. (CVE-2015-8104)

郭永刚 discovered that the ppp implementation in the Linux kernel did not ensure that certain slot numbers are valid. A local attacker with the privilege to call ioctl() on /dev/ppp could cause a denial of service (system crash). (CVE-2015-7799)

Dmitry Vyukov discovered that the Linux kernel’s keyring handler attempted to garbage collect incompletely instantiated keys. A local unprivileged attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash). (CVE-2015-7872)

It was discovered that the virtual video osd test driver in the Linux kernel did not properly initialize data structures. A local attacker could use this to obtain sensitive information from the kernel. (CVE-2015-7884)

It was discovered that the driver for Digi Neo and ClassicBoard devices did not properly initialize data structures. A local attacker could use this to obtain sensitive information from the kernel. (CVE-2015-7885)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 15.10
linux-image-4.2.0-21-generic - 4.2.0-21.25
linux-image-4.2.0-21-generic-lpae - 4.2.0-21.25
linux-image-4.2.0-21-lowlatency - 4.2.0-21.25
linux-image-4.2.0-21-powerpc-e500mc - 4.2.0-21.25
linux-image-4.2.0-21-powerpc-smp - 4.2.0-21.25
linux-image-4.2.0-21-powerpc64-emb - 4.2.0-21.25
linux-image-4.2.0-21-powerpc64-smp - 4.2.0-21.25

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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