[USN-2761-1] Linux kernel vulnerability

Steve Beattie steve.beattie at canonical.com
Mon Oct 5 20:11:43 UTC 2015

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2761-1
October 05, 2015

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


Dmitry Vyukov discovered that the Linux kernel did not properly initialize
IPC object state in certain situations. A local attacker could use this to
escalate their privileges, expose confidential information, or cause a
denial of service (system crash).

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
  linux-image-3.13.0-65-generic   3.13.0-65.106
  linux-image-3.13.0-65-generic-lpae  3.13.0-65.106
  linux-image-3.13.0-65-lowlatency  3.13.0-65.106
  linux-image-3.13.0-65-powerpc-e500  3.13.0-65.106
  linux-image-3.13.0-65-powerpc-e500mc  3.13.0-65.106
  linux-image-3.13.0-65-powerpc-smp  3.13.0-65.106
  linux-image-3.13.0-65-powerpc64-emb  3.13.0-65.106
  linux-image-3.13.0-65-powerpc64-smp  3.13.0-65.106

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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