USN-3104-1: Linux kernel vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3104-1

19th October, 2016

linux vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Summary

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

Software description

  • linux - Linux kernel

Details

It was discovered that a race condition existed in the memory manager of
the Linux kernel when handling copy-on-write breakage of private read-only
memory mappings. A local attacker could use this to gain administrative
privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:
linux-image-3.2.0-113-powerpc64-smp 3.2.0-113.155
linux-image-3.2.0-113-powerpc-smp 3.2.0-113.155
linux-image-3.2.0-113-generic-pae 3.2.0-113.155
linux-image-3.2.0-113-virtual 3.2.0-113.155
linux-image-3.2.0-113-generic 3.2.0-113.155
linux-image-3.2.0-113-omap 3.2.0-113.155
linux-image-3.2.0-113-highbank 3.2.0-113.155

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.
Unless you manually uninstalled the standard kernel metapackages
(e.g. linux-generic, linux-generic-lts-RELEASE, linux-virtual,
linux-powerpc), a standard system upgrade will automatically perform
this as well.

References

CVE-2016-5195