USN-2175-1: Linux kernel (Quantal HWE) vulnerabilities

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2175-1

26th April, 2014

linux-lts-quantal 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-lts-quantal - Linux hardware enablement kernel from Quantal


A flaw was discovered in the Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM) subsystem of the
Linux kernel. A guest OS user could exploit this flaw to execute arbitrary
code on the host OS. (CVE-2014-0049)

Al Viro discovered an error in how CIFS in the Linux kernel handles
uncached write operations. An unprivileged local user could exploit this
flaw to cause a denial of service (system crash), obtain sensitive
information from kernel memory, or possibly gain privileges.

Jouni Malinen reported a flaw in the handling of fragmentation in the
mac8Linux subsystem of the kernel. A remote attacker could exploit this
flaw to obtain potential sensitive cleartext information by reading
packets. (CVE-2014-8709)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:
linux-image-3.5.0-49-generic 3.5.0-49.73~precise1

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-2014-0049, CVE-2014-0069, CVE-2014-8709