USN-3160-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities
20 December 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 - Linux kernel
CAI Qian discovered that shared bind mounts in a mount namespace exponentially added entries without restriction to the Linux kernel’s mount table. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash). (CVE-2016-6213)
It was discovered that a race condition existed in the procfs environ_read function in the Linux kernel, leading to an integer underflow. A local attacker could use this to expose sensitive information (kernel memory). (CVE-2016-7916)
The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:
- Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
- linux-image-3.13.0-106-generic - 3.13.0-106.153
- linux-image-3.13.0-106-generic-lpae - 3.13.0-106.153
- linux-image-3.13.0-106-lowlatency - 3.13.0-106.153
- linux-image-3.13.0-106-powerpc-e500 - 3.13.0-106.153
- linux-image-3.13.0-106-powerpc-e500mc - 3.13.0-106.153
- linux-image-3.13.0-106-powerpc-smp - 3.13.0-106.153
- linux-image-3.13.0-106-powerpc64-emb - 3.13.0-106.153
- linux-image-3.13.0-106-powerpc64-smp - 3.13.0-106.153
- linux-image-generic - 22.214.171.124.114
- linux-image-generic-lpae - 126.96.36.199.114
- linux-image-lowlatency - 188.8.131.52.114
- linux-image-powerpc-e500 - 184.108.40.206.114
- linux-image-powerpc-e500mc - 220.127.116.11.114
- linux-image-powerpc-smp - 18.104.22.168.114
- linux-image-powerpc64-emb - 22.214.171.124.114
- linux-image-powerpc64-smp - 126.96.36.199.114
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.