USN-2283-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2283-1

16th July, 2014

linux 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 - Linux kernel


Sasha Levin reported a flaw in the Linux kernel's point-to-point protocol
(PPP) when used with the Layer Two Tunneling Protocol (L2TP). A local user
could exploit this flaw to gain administrative privileges. (CVE-2014-4943)

Michael S. Tsirkin discovered an information leak in the Linux kernel's
segmentation of skbs when using the zerocopy feature of vhost-net. A local
attacker could exploit this flaw to gain potentially sensitive information
from kernel memory. (CVE-2014-0131)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:
linux-image-3.2.0-67-highbank 3.2.0-67.101
linux-image-3.2.0-67-generic-pae 3.2.0-67.101
linux-image-3.2.0-67-powerpc64-smp 3.2.0-67.101
linux-image-3.2.0-67-omap 3.2.0-67.101
linux-image-3.2.0-67-generic 3.2.0-67.101
linux-image-3.2.0-67-powerpc-smp 3.2.0-67.101
linux-image-3.2.0-67-virtual 3.2.0-67.101

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-2014-0131, CVE-2014-4943