USN-2560-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2560-1

8th April, 2015

linux vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.

Software description

  • linux - Linux kernel


An integer overflow was discovered in the stack randomization feature of
the Linux kernel on 64 bit platforms. A local attacker could exploit this
flaw to bypass the Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) protection
mechanism. (CVE-2015-1593)

An information leak was discovered in the Linux Kernel's handling of
userspace configuration of the link layer control (LLC). A local user could
exploit this flaw to read data from other sysctl settings. (CVE-2015-2041)

An information leak was discovered in how the Linux kernel handles setting
the Reliable Datagram Sockets (RDS) settings. A local user could exploit
this flaw to read data from other sysctl settings. (CVE-2015-2042)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:
linux-image-3.2.0-80-highbank 3.2.0-80.116
linux-image-3.2.0-80-omap 3.2.0-80.116
linux-image-3.2.0-80-generic-pae 3.2.0-80.116
linux-image-3.2.0-80-powerpc64-smp 3.2.0-80.116
linux-image-3.2.0-80-virtual 3.2.0-80.116
linux-image-3.2.0-80-generic 3.2.0-80.116
linux-image-3.2.0-80-powerpc-smp 3.2.0-80.116

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. If
you use linux-restricted-modules, you have to update that package as
well to get modules which work with the new kernel version. Unless you
manually uninstalled the standard kernel metapackages (e.g. linux-generic,
linux-server, linux-powerpc), a standard system upgrade will automatically
perform this as well.


CVE-2015-1593, CVE-2015-2041, CVE-2015-2042