USN-2928-1: Linux kernel vulnerability

14 March 2016

linux vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


The system could be made to crash or run programs as an administrator by someone with physical access.

Software Description

  • linux - Linux kernel


Andrey Konovalov discovered that the ALSA USB MIDI driver incorrectly performed a double-free. A local attacker with physical access could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code with administrative privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
linux-image-3.2.0-101-generic - 3.2.0-101.141
linux-image-3.2.0-101-generic-pae - 3.2.0-101.141
linux-image-3.2.0-101-highbank - 3.2.0-101.141
linux-image-3.2.0-101-omap - 3.2.0-101.141
linux-image-3.2.0-101-powerpc-smp - 3.2.0-101.141
linux-image-3.2.0-101-powerpc64-smp - 3.2.0-101.141
linux-image-3.2.0-101-virtual - 3.2.0-101.141

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. Unless you manually uninstalled the standard kernel metapackages (e.g. linux-generic, linux-generic-lts-RELEASE, linux-virtual, linux-powerpc), a standard system upgrade will automatically perform this as well.