USN-3170-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities

11 January 2017

linux vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 16.10


Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.

Software Description

  • linux - Linux kernel


Dmitry Vyukov discovered that the KVM implementation in the Linux kernel did not properly initialize the Code Segment (CS) in certain error cases. A local attacker could use this to expose sensitive information (kernel memory). (CVE-2016-9756)

Andrey Konovalov discovered that signed integer overflows existed in the setsockopt() system call when handling the SO_SNDBUFFORCE and SO_RCVBUFFORCE options. A local attacker with the CAP_NET_ADMIN capability could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash or memory corruption). (CVE-2016-9793)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 16.10
linux-image-4.8.0-34-generic - 4.8.0-34.36
linux-image-4.8.0-34-generic-lpae - 4.8.0-34.36
linux-image-4.8.0-34-lowlatency - 4.8.0-34.36
linux-image-4.8.0-34-powerpc-e500mc - 4.8.0-34.36
linux-image-4.8.0-34-powerpc-smp - 4.8.0-34.36
linux-image-4.8.0-34-powerpc64-emb - 4.8.0-34.36
linux-image-generic -
linux-image-generic-lpae -
linux-image-lowlatency -
linux-image-powerpc-e500mc -
linux-image-powerpc-smp -
linux-image-powerpc64-emb -

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.