[USN-2935-2] PAM regression

Marc Deslauriers marc.deslauriers at canonical.com
Wed Mar 16 19:29:12 UTC 2016

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2935-2
March 16, 2016

pam regression

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

- Ubuntu 15.10
- Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


USN-2935-1 introduced a regression in PAM.

Software Description:
- pam: Pluggable Authentication Modules


USN-2935-1 fixed vulnerabilities in PAM. The updates contained a packaging
change that prevented upgrades in certain multiarch environments. This
update fixes the problem.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Original advisory details:

 It was discovered that the PAM pam_userdb module incorrectly used a
 case-insensitive method when comparing hashed passwords. A local attacker
 could possibly use this issue to make brute force attacks easier. This
 issue only affected Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. (CVE-2013-7041)
  Sebastian Krahmer discovered that the PAM pam_timestamp module incorrectly
 performed filtering. A local attacker could use this issue to create
 arbitrary files, or possibly bypass authentication. This issue only
 affected Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. (CVE-2014-2583)
  Sebastien Macke discovered that the PAM pam_unix module incorrectly handled
 large passwords. A local attacker could possibly use this issue in certain
 environments to enumerate usernames or cause a denial of service.

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 15.10:
  libpam-modules                  1.1.8-3.1ubuntu3.2

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
  libpam-modules                  1.1.8-1ubuntu2.2

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:
  libpam-modules                  1.1.3-7ubuntu2.2

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.


Package Information:

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