USN-2196-1: Linux kernel vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2196-1

5th May, 2014

linux vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


The system could be made to crash or run programs as an administrator.

Software description

  • linux - Linux kernel


A flaw was discovered in the Linux kernel's pseudo tty (pty) device. An
unprivileged user could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service
(system crash) or potentially gain administrator privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS:
linux-image-2.6.32-58-386 2.6.32-58.121
linux-image-2.6.32-58-lpia 2.6.32-58.121
linux-image-2.6.32-58-ia64 2.6.32-58.121
linux-image-2.6.32-58-versatile 2.6.32-58.121
linux-image-2.6.32-58-server 2.6.32-58.121
linux-image-2.6.32-58-powerpc64-smp 2.6.32-58.121
linux-image-2.6.32-58-generic 2.6.32-58.121
linux-image-2.6.32-58-generic-pae 2.6.32-58.121
linux-image-2.6.32-58-powerpc-smp 2.6.32-58.121
linux-image-2.6.32-58-virtual 2.6.32-58.121
linux-image-2.6.32-58-sparc64-smp 2.6.32-58.121
linux-image-2.6.32-58-powerpc 2.6.32-58.121
linux-image-2.6.32-58-preempt 2.6.32-58.121
linux-image-2.6.32-58-sparc64 2.6.32-58.121

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.