USN-3084-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities
19 September 2016
A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:
- Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.
- linux - Linux kernel
Pengfei Wang discovered a race condition in the audit subsystem in the Linux kernel. A local attacker could use this to corrupt audit logs or disrupt system-call auditing. (CVE-2016-6136)
It was discovered that the powerpc and powerpc64 hypervisor-mode KVM implementation in the Linux kernel for did not properly maintain state about transactional memory. An unprivileged attacker in a guest could cause a denial of service (CPU lockup) in the host OS. (CVE-2016-5412)
Pengfei Wang discovered a race condition in the Chrome OS embedded controller device driver in the Linux kernel. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash). (CVE-2016-6156)
The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:
- Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
- linux-image-4.4.0-38-generic - 4.4.0-38.57
- linux-image-4.4.0-38-generic-lpae - 4.4.0-38.57
- linux-image-4.4.0-38-lowlatency - 4.4.0-38.57
- linux-image-4.4.0-38-powerpc-e500mc - 4.4.0-38.57
- linux-image-4.4.0-38-powerpc-smp - 4.4.0-38.57
- linux-image-4.4.0-38-powerpc64-emb - 4.4.0-38.57
- linux-image-4.4.0-38-powerpc64-smp - 4.4.0-38.57
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. 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.