USN-3487-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities

21 November 2017

linux, linux-raspi2 vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 17.10

Summary

Several security issues were fixed in the Linux kernel.

Software Description

  • linux - Linux kernel
  • linux-raspi2 - Linux kernel for Raspberry Pi 2

Details

It was discovered that the KVM subsystem in the Linux kernel did not properly keep track of nested levels in guest page tables. A local attacker in a guest VM could use this to cause a denial of service (host OS crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code in the host OS. (CVE-2017-12188)

It was discovered that on the PowerPC architecture, the kernel did not properly sanitize the signal stack when handling sigreturn(). A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2017-1000255)

Bo Zhang discovered that the netlink wireless configuration interface in the Linux kernel did not properly validate attributes when handling certain requests. A local attacker with the CAP_NET_ADMIN could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash). (CVE-2017-12153)

It was discovered that the nested KVM implementation in the Linux kernel in some situations did not properly prevent second level guests from reading and writing the hardware CR8 register. A local attacker in a guest could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash). (CVE-2017-12154)

Vitaly Mayatskikh discovered that the SCSI subsystem in the Linux kernel did not properly track reference counts when merging buffers. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (memory exhaustion). (CVE-2017-12190)

It was discovered that the key management subsystem in the Linux kernel did not properly restrict key reads on negatively instantiated keys. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash). (CVE-2017-12192)

It was discovered that the ATI Radeon framebuffer driver in the Linux kernel did not properly initialize a data structure returned to user space. A local attacker could use this to expose sensitive information (kernel memory). (CVE-2017-14156)

ChunYu Wang discovered that the iSCSI transport implementation in the Linux kernel did not properly validate data structures. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash). (CVE-2017-14489)

Alexander Potapenko discovered an information leak in the waitid implementation of the Linux kernel. A local attacker could use this to expose sensitive information (kernel memory). (CVE-2017-14954)

It was discovered that a race condition existed in the ALSA subsystem of the Linux kernel when creating and deleting a port via ioctl(). A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2017-15265)

Dmitry Vyukov discovered that the Floating Point Unit (fpu) subsystem in the Linux kernel did not properly handle attempts to set reserved bits in a task’s extended state (xstate) area. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash). (CVE-2017-15537)

It was discovered that a race condition existed in the packet fanout implementation in the Linux kernel. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2017-15649)

Andrey Konovalov discovered a use-after-free vulnerability in the USB serial console driver in the Linux kernel. A physically proximate attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2017-16525)

Andrey Konovalov discovered that the Ultra Wide Band driver in the Linux kernel did not properly check for an error condition. A physically proximate attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2017-16526)

Andrey Konovalov discovered that the ALSA subsystem in the Linux kernel contained a use-after-free vulnerability. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2017-16527)

Andrey Konovalov discovered that the ALSA subsystem in the Linux kernel did not properly validate USB audio buffer descriptors. A physically proximate attacker could use this cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2017-16529)

Andrey Konovalov discovered that the USB unattached storage driver in the Linux kernel contained out-of-bounds error when handling alternative settings. A physically proximate attacker could use to cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2017-16530)

Andrey Konovalov discovered that the USB subsystem in the Linux kernel did not properly validate USB interface association descriptors. A physically proximate attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash). (CVE-2017-16531)

Andrey Konovalov discovered that the USB subsystem in the Linux kernel did not properly validate USB HID descriptors. A physically proximate attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash). (CVE-2017-16533)

Andrey Konovalov discovered that the USB subsystem in the Linux kernel did not properly validate CDC metadata. A physically proximate attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2017-16534)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 17.10
linux-image-4.13.0-1006-raspi2 - 4.13.0-1006.6
linux-image-4.13.0-17-generic - 4.13.0-17.20
linux-image-4.13.0-17-generic-lpae - 4.13.0-17.20
linux-image-4.13.0-17-lowlatency - 4.13.0-17.20
linux-image-generic - 4.13.0.17.18
linux-image-generic-lpae - 4.13.0.17.18
linux-image-lowlatency - 4.13.0.17.18
linux-image-raspi2 - 4.13.0.1006.4

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.

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