USN-1931-1: Linux kernel (Quantal HWE) vulnerabilities
Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1931-1
20th August, 2013
A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:
- Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.
- linux-lts-quantal - Linux hardware enablement kernel from Quantal
Chanam Park reported a Null pointer flaw in the Linux kernel's Ceph client.
A remote attacker could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service
(system crash). (CVE-2013-1059)
An information leak was discovered in the Linux kernel's fanotify
interface. A local user could exploit this flaw to obtain sensitive
information from kernel memory. (CVE-2013-2148)
Jonathan Salwan discovered an information leak in the Linux kernel's cdrom
driver. A local user can exploit this leak to obtain sensitive information
from kernel memory if the CD-ROM drive is malfunctioning. (CVE-2013-2164)
Kees Cook discovered a format string vulnerability in the Linux kernel's
disk block layer. A local user with administrator privileges could exploit
this flaw to gain kernel privileges. (CVE-2013-2851)
The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package version:
To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.
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.