[USN-2599-1] Linux kernel (Utopic HWE) vulnerability

John Johansen john.johansen at canonical.com
Tue May 5 22:43:45 UTC 2015

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2599-1
May 05, 2015

linux-lts-utopic vulnerability

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

- Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


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

Software Description:
- linux-lts-utopic: Linux hardware enablement kernel from Utopic


A race condition between chown() and execve() was discovered in the Linux
kernel. A local attacker could exploit this race by using chown on a
setuid-user-binary to gain administrative privileges.

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
  linux-image-3.16.0-37-generic   3.16.0-37.49~14.04.1
  linux-image-3.16.0-37-generic-lpae  3.16.0-37.49~14.04.1
  linux-image-3.16.0-37-lowlatency  3.16.0-37.49~14.04.1
  linux-image-3.16.0-37-powerpc-e500mc  3.16.0-37.49~14.04.1
  linux-image-3.16.0-37-powerpc-smp  3.16.0-37.49~14.04.1
  linux-image-3.16.0-37-powerpc64-emb  3.16.0-37.49~14.04.1
  linux-image-3.16.0-37-powerpc64-smp  3.16.0-37.49~14.04.1

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.


Package Information:

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