USN-3249-2: Linux kernel (Xenial HWE) vulnerability

30 March 2017

linux-lts-xenial vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


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

Software Description

  • linux-lts-xenial - Linux hardware enablement kernel from Xenial for Trusty


USN-3249-1 fixed a vulnerability 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 xfrm framework for transforming packets in the Linux kernel did not properly validate data received from user space. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash) or execute arbitrary code with administrative privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
linux-image-4.4.0-71-generic - 4.4.0-71.92~14.04.1
linux-image-4.4.0-71-generic-lpae - 4.4.0-71.92~14.04.1
linux-image-4.4.0-71-lowlatency - 4.4.0-71.92~14.04.1
linux-image-4.4.0-71-powerpc-e500mc - 4.4.0-71.92~14.04.1
linux-image-4.4.0-71-powerpc-smp - 4.4.0-71.92~14.04.1
linux-image-4.4.0-71-powerpc64-smp - 4.4.0-71.92~14.04.1
linux-image-generic-lpae-lts-xenial -
linux-image-generic-lts-xenial -
linux-image-lowlatency-lts-xenial -
linux-image-powerpc-e500mc-lts-xenial -
linux-image-powerpc-smp-lts-xenial -
linux-image-powerpc64-smp-lts-xenial -

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.