[USN-2857-1] Linux kernel vulnerability

Steve Beattie steve.beattie at canonical.com
Tue Jan 5 21:02:44 UTC 2016

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2857-1
January 05, 2016

linux vulnerability

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

- Ubuntu 15.04


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

Software Description:
- linux: Linux kernel


Nathan Williams discovered that overlayfs in the Linux kernel incorrectly
handled setattr operations. A local unprivileged attacker could use this to
create files with administrative permission attributes and execute
arbitrary code with elevated privileges.

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 15.04:
  linux-image-3.19.0-43-generic   3.19.0-43.49
  linux-image-3.19.0-43-generic-lpae  3.19.0-43.49
  linux-image-3.19.0-43-lowlatency  3.19.0-43.49
  linux-image-3.19.0-43-powerpc-e500mc  3.19.0-43.49
  linux-image-3.19.0-43-powerpc-smp  3.19.0-43.49
  linux-image-3.19.0-43-powerpc64-emb  3.19.0-43.49
  linux-image-3.19.0-43-powerpc64-smp  3.19.0-43.49

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.


Package Information:

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