USN-4324-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities

7 April 2020

linux-aws, linux-aws-hwe, linux-azure, linux-gcp, linux-gke-4.15, linux-kvm, linux-oem, linux-oracle, linux-raspi2, linux-snapdragon vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 ESM


Several security issues were fixed in the Linux kernel.

Software Description

  • linux-aws - Linux kernel for Amazon Web Services (AWS) systems
  • linux-gke-4.15 - Linux kernel for Google Container Engine (GKE) systems
  • linux-kvm - Linux kernel for cloud environments
  • linux-oem - Linux kernel for OEM processors
  • linux-oracle - Linux kernel for Oracle Cloud systems
  • linux-raspi2 - Linux kernel for Raspberry Pi 2
  • linux-snapdragon - Linux kernel for Snapdragon processors
  • linux-aws-hwe - Linux kernel for Amazon Web Services (AWS-HWE) systems
  • linux-azure - Linux kernel for Microsoft Azure Cloud systems
  • linux-gcp - Linux kernel for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) systems


Al Viro discovered that the vfs layer 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 expose sensitive information (kernel memory). (CVE-2020-8428)

Shijie Luo discovered that the ext4 file system implementation in the Linux kernel did not properly check for a too-large journal size. An attacker could use this to construct a malicious ext4 image that, when mounted, could cause a denial of service (soft lockup). (CVE-2020-8992)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
linux-image-4.15.0-1037-oracle - 4.15.0-1037.41
linux-image-4.15.0-1057-gke - 4.15.0-1057.60
linux-image-4.15.0-1058-kvm - 4.15.0-1058.59
linux-image-4.15.0-1060-raspi2 - 4.15.0-1060.64
linux-image-4.15.0-1065-aws - 4.15.0-1065.69
linux-image-4.15.0-1076-snapdragon - 4.15.0-1076.83
linux-image-4.15.0-1079-oem - 4.15.0-1079.89
linux-image-aws -
linux-image-aws-lts-18.04 -
linux-image-gke -
linux-image-gke-4.15 -
linux-image-kvm -
linux-image-oem -
linux-image-oracle-lts-18.04 -
linux-image-raspi2 -
linux-image-snapdragon -
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
linux-image-4.15.0-1037-oracle - 4.15.0-1037.41~16.04.1
linux-image-4.15.0-1060-gcp - 4.15.0-1060.64
linux-image-4.15.0-1065-aws - 4.15.0-1065.69~16.04.1
linux-image-4.15.0-1077-azure - 4.15.0-1077.82
linux-image-aws-hwe -
linux-image-azure -
linux-image-azure-edge -
linux-image-gcp -
linux-image-gke -
linux-image-oracle -
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM
linux-image-4.15.0-1077-azure - 4.15.0-1077.82~14.04.1
linux-image-azure -

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.