USN-662-2: Ubuntu kernel modules vulnerability

6 November 2008

linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.2224 vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 7.10

Software Description

  • linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.24
  • linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.22


USN-662-1 fixed vulnerabilities in ndiswrapper in Ubuntu 8.10. This update provides the corresponding updates for Ubuntu 8.04 and 7.10.

Original advisory details:

Anders Kaseorg discovered that ndiswrapper did not correctly handle long ESSIDs. For a system using ndiswrapper, a physically near-by attacker could generate specially crafted wireless network traffic and execute arbitrary code with root privileges. (CVE-2008-4395)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.24-21-386 - 2.6.24-21.33
linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.24-21-generic - 2.6.24-21.33
linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.24-21-rt - 2.6.24-21.33
linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.24-21-server - 2.6.24-21.33
Ubuntu 7.10
linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.22-15-386 - 2.6.22-15.40
linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.22-15-generic - 2.6.22-15.40
linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.22-15-rt - 2.6.22-15.40
linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.22-15-server - 2.6.22-15.40

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system upgrade you need to reboot your computer to effect the necessary changes.