USN-3908-1: Linux kernel vulnerability

12 March 2019

linux vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


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

Software Description

  • linux - Linux kernel


Jann Horn discovered a race condition in the fork() system call in the Linux kernel. A local attacker could use this to gain access to services that cache authorizations.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
linux-image-3.13.0-166-generic - 3.13.0-166.216
linux-image-3.13.0-166-generic-lpae - 3.13.0-166.216
linux-image-3.13.0-166-lowlatency - 3.13.0-166.216
linux-image-3.13.0-166-powerpc-e500 - 3.13.0-166.216
linux-image-3.13.0-166-powerpc-e500mc - 3.13.0-166.216
linux-image-3.13.0-166-powerpc-smp - 3.13.0-166.216
linux-image-3.13.0-166-powerpc64-emb - 3.13.0-166.216
linux-image-3.13.0-166-powerpc64-smp - 3.13.0-166.216
linux-image-generic -
linux-image-generic-lpae -
linux-image-lowlatency -
linux-image-powerpc-e500 -
linux-image-powerpc-e500mc -
linux-image-powerpc-smp -
linux-image-powerpc64-emb -
linux-image-powerpc64-smp -
linux-image-virtual -

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.