USN-974-2: Linux kernel regression

26 August 2010

linux regression

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

  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS


This update provides a fix for the Linux kernel when using Xen.

Software Description

  • linux - The Linux kernel


USN-974-1 fixed vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel. The fixes for CVE-2010-2240 caused failures for Xen hosts. This update fixes the problem.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Original advisory details:

Gael Delalleu, Rafal Wojtczuk, and Brad Spengler discovered that the memory manager did not properly handle when applications grow stacks into adjacent memory regions. A local attacker could exploit this to gain control of certain applications, potentially leading to privilege escalation, as demonstrated in attacks against the X server. (CVE-2010-2240)

Kees Cook discovered that under certain situations the ioctl subsystem for DRM did not properly sanitize its arguments. A local attacker could exploit this to read previously freed kernel memory, leading to a loss of privacy. (CVE-2010-2803)

Ben Hawkes discovered an integer overflow in the Controller Area Network (CAN) subsystem when setting up frame content and filtering certain messages. An attacker could send specially crafted CAN traffic to crash the system or gain root privileges. (CVE-2010-2959)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
linux-image-2.6.24-28-386 - 2.6.24-28.77
linux-image-2.6.24-28-generic - 2.6.24-28.77
linux-image-2.6.24-28-hppa32 - 2.6.24-28.77
linux-image-2.6.24-28-hppa64 - 2.6.24-28.77
linux-image-2.6.24-28-itanium - 2.6.24-28.77
linux-image-2.6.24-28-lpia - 2.6.24-28.77
linux-image-2.6.24-28-lpiacompat - 2.6.24-28.77
linux-image-2.6.24-28-mckinley - 2.6.24-28.77
linux-image-2.6.24-28-openvz - 2.6.24-28.77
linux-image-2.6.24-28-powerpc - 2.6.24-28.77
linux-image-2.6.24-28-powerpc-smp - 2.6.24-28.77
linux-image-2.6.24-28-powerpc64-smp - 2.6.24-28.77
linux-image-2.6.24-28-rt - 2.6.24-28.77
linux-image-2.6.24-28-server - 2.6.24-28.77
linux-image-2.6.24-28-sparc64 - 2.6.24-28.77
linux-image-2.6.24-28-sparc64-smp - 2.6.24-28.77
linux-image-2.6.24-28-virtual - 2.6.24-28.77
linux-image-2.6.24-28-xen - 2.6.24-28.77

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.