USN-3107-1: Linux kernel vulnerability

20 October 2016

linux vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 16.10


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

Software Description

  • linux - Linux kernel


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 16.10
linux-image-4.8.0-26-generic - 4.8.0-26.28
linux-image-4.8.0-26-generic-lpae - 4.8.0-26.28
linux-image-4.8.0-26-lowlatency - 4.8.0-26.28
linux-image-4.8.0-26-powerpc-e500mc - 4.8.0-26.28
linux-image-4.8.0-26-powerpc-smp - 4.8.0-26.28
linux-image-4.8.0-26-powerpc64-emb - 4.8.0-26.28

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.