USN-3104-1: Linux kernel vulnerability

20 October 2016

linux vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Summary

The system could be made to run programs as an administrator.

Software Description

  • linux - Linux kernel

Details

It was discovered that a race condition existed in the memory manager of the Linux kernel when handling copy-on-write breakage of private read-only memory mappings. A local attacker could use this to gain administrative privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
linux-image-3.2.0-113-generic - 3.2.0-113.155
linux-image-3.2.0-113-generic-pae - 3.2.0-113.155
linux-image-3.2.0-113-highbank - 3.2.0-113.155
linux-image-3.2.0-113-omap - 3.2.0-113.155
linux-image-3.2.0-113-powerpc-smp - 3.2.0-113.155
linux-image-3.2.0-113-powerpc64-smp - 3.2.0-113.155
linux-image-3.2.0-113-virtual - 3.2.0-113.155

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.

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