USN-2274-1: Linux kernel vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2274-1

5th July, 2014

linux vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


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

Software description

  • linux - Linux kernel


Andy Lutomirski discovered a flaw with the Linux kernel's ptrace syscall on
x86_64 processors. An attacker could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of
service (System Crash) or potential gain administrative privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
linux-image-3.13.0-30-powerpc-e500mc 3.13.0-30.55
linux-image-3.13.0-30-powerpc-e500 3.13.0-30.55
linux-image-3.13.0-30-powerpc64-emb 3.13.0-30.55
linux-image-3.13.0-30-powerpc-smp 3.13.0-30.55
linux-image-3.13.0-30-powerpc64-smp 3.13.0-30.55
linux-image-3.13.0-30-lowlatency 3.13.0-30.55
linux-image-3.13.0-30-generic 3.13.0-30.55
linux-image-3.13.0-30-generic-lpae 3.13.0-30.55

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.