USN-3146-2: Linux kernel (Xenial HWE) vulnerabilities
30 November 2016
A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:
- Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.
- linux-lts-xenial - Linux hardware enablement kernel from Xenial for Trusty
USN-3146-1 fixed vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. This update provides the corresponding updates for the Linux Hardware Enablement (HWE) kernel from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
It was discovered that the __get_user_asm_ex implementation in the Linux kernel for x86/x86_64 contained extended asm statements that were incompatible with the exception table. A local attacker could use this to gain administrative privileges. (CVE-2016-9644)
Andreas Gruenbacher and Jan Kara discovered that the filesystem implementation in the Linux kernel did not clear the setgid bit during a setxattr call. A local attacker could use this to possibly elevate group privileges. (CVE-2016-7097)
Marco Grassi discovered that the driver for Areca RAID Controllers in the Linux kernel did not properly validate control messages. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly gain privileges. (CVE-2016-7425)
Daxing Guo discovered a stack-based buffer overflow in the Broadcom IEEE802.11n FullMAC driver in the Linux kernel. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly gain privileges. (CVE-2016-8658)
The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:
- Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
- linux-image-4.4.0-51-generic - 4.4.0-51.72~14.04.1
- linux-image-4.4.0-51-generic-lpae - 4.4.0-51.72~14.04.1
- linux-image-4.4.0-51-lowlatency - 4.4.0-51.72~14.04.1
- linux-image-4.4.0-51-powerpc-e500mc - 4.4.0-51.72~14.04.1
- linux-image-4.4.0-51-powerpc-smp - 4.4.0-51.72~14.04.1
- linux-image-4.4.0-51-powerpc64-emb - 4.4.0-51.72~14.04.1
- linux-image-4.4.0-51-powerpc64-smp - 4.4.0-51.72~14.04.1
- linux-image-generic-lpae-lts-xenial - 188.8.131.52.38
- linux-image-generic-lts-xenial - 184.108.40.206.38
- linux-image-lowlatency-lts-xenial - 220.127.116.11.38
- linux-image-powerpc-e500mc-lts-xenial - 18.104.22.168.38
- linux-image-powerpc-smp-lts-xenial - 22.214.171.124.38
- linux-image-powerpc64-emb-lts-xenial - 126.96.36.199.38
- linux-image-powerpc64-smp-lts-xenial - 188.8.131.52.38
- linux-image-virtual-lts-xenial - 184.108.40.206.38
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.