[USN-2448-2] Linux kernel regression

John Johansen john.johansen at canonical.com
Fri Dec 19 12:50:04 UTC 2014


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Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2448-2
December 19, 2014

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

- Ubuntu 14.10

Summary:

USN-2448-1 introduced a regression in the Linux kernel.

Software Description:
- linux: Linux kernel

Details:

USN-2448-1 fixed vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel. Due to an unrelated
regression TCP Throughput drops to zero for several drivers after upgrading.
This update fixes the problem.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Original advisory details:

 An information leak in the Linux kernel was discovered that could leak the
 high 16 bits of the kernel stack address on 32-bit Kernel Virtual Machine
 (KVM) paravirt guests. A user in the guest OS could exploit this leak to
 obtain information that could potentially be used to aid in attacking the
 kernel. (CVE-2014-8134)
 
 Rabin Vincent, Robert Swiecki, Russell King discovered that the ftrace
 subsystem of the Linux kernel does not properly handle private syscall
 numbers. A local user could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service
 (OOPS). (CVE-2014-7826)
 
 A flaw in the handling of malformed ASCONF chunks by SCTP (Stream Control
 Transmission Protocol) implementation in the Linux kernel was discovered. A
 remote attacker could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service
 (system crash). (CVE-2014-3673)
 
 A flaw in the handling of duplicate ASCONF chunks by SCTP (Stream Control
 Transmission Protocol) implementation in the Linux kernel was discovered. A
 remote attacker could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service
 (panic). (CVE-2014-3687)
 
 It was discovered that excessive queuing by SCTP (Stream Control
 Transmission Protocol) implementation in the Linux kernel can cause memory
 pressure. A remote attacker could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of
 service. (CVE-2014-3688)
 
 Rabin Vincent, Robert Swiecki, Russell Kinglaw discovered a flaw in how the
 perf subsystem of the Linux kernel handles private systecall numbers. A
 local user could exploit this to cause a denial of service (OOPS) or bypass
 ASLR protections via a crafted application. (CVE-2014-7825)
 
 Andy Lutomirski discovered a flaw in how the Linux kernel handles
 pivot_root when used with a chroot directory. A local user could exploit
 this flaw to cause a denial of service (mount-tree loop). (CVE-2014-7970)
 
 Dmitry Monakhov discovered a race condition in the ext4_file_write_iter
 function of the Linux kernel's ext4 filesystem. A local user could exploit
 this flaw to cause a denial of service (file unavailability).
 (CVE-2014-8086)
 
 The KVM (kernel virtual machine) subsystem of the Linux kernel
 miscalculates the number of memory pages during the handling of a mapping
 failure. A guest OS user could exploit this to cause a denial of service
 (host OS page unpinning) or possibly have unspecified other impact by
 leveraging guest OS privileges. (CVE-2014-8369)
 
 Andy Lutomirski discovered that the Linux kernel does not properly handle
 faults associated with the Stack Segment (SS) register on the x86
 architecture. A local attacker could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of
 service (panic). (CVE-2014-9090)

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 14.10:
  linux-image-3.16.0-28-generic   3.16.0-28.38
  linux-image-3.16.0-28-generic-lpae  3.16.0-28.38
  linux-image-3.16.0-28-lowlatency  3.16.0-28.38
  linux-image-3.16.0-28-powerpc-e500mc  3.16.0-28.38
  linux-image-3.16.0-28-powerpc-smp  3.16.0-28.38
  linux-image-3.16.0-28-powerpc64-emb  3.16.0-28.38
  linux-image-3.16.0-28-powerpc64-smp  3.16.0-28.38

After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make
all the necessary changes.

References:
  http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-2448-2
  http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-2448-1
  http://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1390604

Package Information:
  https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/3.16.0-28.38


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