[USN-2909-1] Linux kernel (Utopic HWE) vulnerabilities

Steve Beattie steve.beattie at canonical.com
Mon Feb 22 21:36:52 UTC 2016

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2909-1
February 22, 2016

linux-lts-utopic vulnerabilities

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

- Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.

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


halfdog discovered that OverlayFS, when mounting on top of a FUSE mount,
incorrectly propagated file attributes, including setuid. A local
unprivileged attacker could use this to gain privileges. (CVE-2016-1576)

halfdog discovered that OverlayFS in the Linux kernel incorrectly
propagated security sensitive extended attributes, such as POSIX ACLs. A
local unprivileged attacker could use this to gain privileges.

It was discovered that the Linux kernel's Filesystem in Userspace (FUSE)
implementation did not handle initial zero length segments properly. A
local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (unkillable
task). (CVE-2015-8785)

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
  linux-image-3.16.0-62-generic   3.16.0-62.82~14.04.1
  linux-image-3.16.0-62-generic-lpae  3.16.0-62.82~14.04.1
  linux-image-3.16.0-62-lowlatency  3.16.0-62.82~14.04.1
  linux-image-3.16.0-62-powerpc-e500mc  3.16.0-62.82~14.04.1
  linux-image-3.16.0-62-powerpc-smp  3.16.0-62.82~14.04.1
  linux-image-3.16.0-62-powerpc64-emb  3.16.0-62.82~14.04.1
  linux-image-3.16.0-62-powerpc64-smp  3.16.0-62.82~14.04.1

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.
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.

  CVE-2015-8785, CVE-2016-1575, CVE-2016-1576

Package Information:

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