USN-3505-1: Linux firmware vulnerabilities

6 December 2017

linux-firmware vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 17.10
  • Ubuntu 17.04
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


Several security issues were fixed in linux-firmware.

Software Description

  • linux-firmware - Firmware for Linux kernel drivers


Mathy Vanhoef discovered that the firmware for several Intel WLAN devices incorrectly handled WPA2 in relation to Wake on WLAN. A remote attacker could use this issue with key reinstallation attacks to obtain sensitive information. (CVE-2017-13080, CVE-2017-13081)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 17.10
linux-firmware - 1.169.1
Ubuntu 17.04
linux-firmware - 1.164.2
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
linux-firmware - 1.157.14
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
linux-firmware - 1.127.24

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.