USN-1432-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1432-1

8th May, 2012

linux vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 11.04


Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.

Software description

  • linux - Linux kernel


A flaw was found in the Linux's kernels ext4 file system when mounted with
a journal. A local, unprivileged user could exploit this flaw to cause a
denial of service. (CVE-2011-4086)

A flaw was discovered in the Linux kernel's cifs file system. An
unprivileged local user could exploit this flaw to crash the system leading
to a denial of service. (CVE-2012-1090)

A flaw was found in the Linux kernel's ext4 file system when mounting a
corrupt filesystem. A user-assisted remote attacker could exploit this flaw
to cause a denial of service. (CVE-2012-2100)

Tetsuo Handa reported a flaw in the OOM (out of memory) killer of the Linux
kernel. A local unprivileged user can exploit this flaw to cause system
unstability and denial of services. (CVE-2012-4398)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 11.04:
linux-image-2.6.38-15-powerpc 2.6.38-15.59
linux-image-2.6.38-15-omap 2.6.38-15.59
linux-image-2.6.38-15-generic-pae 2.6.38-15.59
linux-image-2.6.38-15-server 2.6.38-15.59
linux-image-2.6.38-15-powerpc64-smp 2.6.38-15.59
linux-image-2.6.38-15-virtual 2.6.38-15.59
linux-image-2.6.38-15-versatile 2.6.38-15.59
linux-image-2.6.38-15-generic 2.6.38-15.59
linux-image-2.6.38-15-powerpc-smp 2.6.38-15.59

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-2011-4086, CVE-2012-1090, CVE-2012-2100, CVE-2012-4398