USN-3846-1: Linux kernel vulnerability

20 December 2018

linux, linux-aws, linux-azure, linux-gcp, linux-kvm, linux-raspi2 vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 18.10


The system could be made to expose sensitive information.

Software Description

  • linux - Linux kernel
  • linux-aws - Linux kernel for Amazon Web Services (AWS) systems
  • linux-azure - Linux kernel for Microsoft Azure Cloud systems
  • linux-gcp - Linux kernel for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) systems
  • linux-kvm - Linux kernel for cloud environments
  • linux-raspi2 - Linux kernel for Raspberry Pi 2


It was discovered that an integer overflow vulnerability existed in the CDROM driver of the Linux kernel. A local attacker could use this to expose sensitive information (kernel memory).

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 18.10
linux-image-4.18.0-1005-gcp - 4.18.0-1005.6
linux-image-4.18.0-1006-kvm - 4.18.0-1006.6
linux-image-4.18.0-1007-aws - 4.18.0-1007.9
linux-image-4.18.0-1007-azure - 4.18.0-1007.7
linux-image-4.18.0-1008-raspi2 - 4.18.0-1008.10
linux-image-4.18.0-13-generic - 4.18.0-13.14
linux-image-4.18.0-13-generic-lpae - 4.18.0-13.14
linux-image-4.18.0-13-lowlatency - 4.18.0-13.14
linux-image-4.18.0-13-snapdragon - 4.18.0-13.14
linux-image-aws -
linux-image-azure -
linux-image-gcp -
linux-image-generic -
linux-image-generic-lpae -
linux-image-gke -
linux-image-kvm -
linux-image-lowlatency -
linux-image-raspi2 -
linux-image-snapdragon -

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.