USN-3053-1: Linux kernel (Vivid HWE) vulnerabilities

10 August 2016

linux-lts-vivid vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.

Software Description

  • linux-lts-vivid - Linux hardware enablement kernel from Vivid for Trusty


A missing permission check when settings ACLs was discovered in nfsd. A local user could exploit this flaw to gain access to any file by setting an ACL. (CVE-2016-1237)

It was discovered that the keyring implementation in the Linux kernel did not ensure a data structure was initialized before referencing it after an error condition occurred. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash). (CVE-2016-4470)

Sasha Levin discovered that a use-after-free existed in the percpu allocator in the Linux kernel. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code with administrative privileges. (CVE-2016-4794)

Kangjie Lu discovered an information leak in the netlink implementation of the Linux kernel. A local attacker could use this to obtain sensitive information from kernel memory. (CVE-2016-5243)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
linux-image-3.19.0-66-generic - 3.19.0-66.74~14.04.1
linux-image-3.19.0-66-generic-lpae - 3.19.0-66.74~14.04.1
linux-image-3.19.0-66-lowlatency - 3.19.0-66.74~14.04.1
linux-image-3.19.0-66-powerpc-e500mc - 3.19.0-66.74~14.04.1
linux-image-3.19.0-66-powerpc-smp - 3.19.0-66.74~14.04.1
linux-image-3.19.0-66-powerpc64-emb - 3.19.0-66.74~14.04.1
linux-image-3.19.0-66-powerpc64-smp - 3.19.0-66.74~14.04.1

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. 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.