[USN-2978-3] Linux kernel (Raspberry Pi 2) vulnerability

Steve Beattie steve.beattie at canonical.com
Mon May 16 19:10:35 UTC 2016

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2978-3
May 16, 2016

linux-raspi2 vulnerability

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

- Ubuntu 15.10


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

Software Description:
- linux-raspi2: Linux kernel for Raspberry Pi 2


Philip Pettersson discovered that the Linux kernel's ASN.1 DER decoder did
not properly process certificate files with tags of indefinite length. A
local unprivileged attacker could use this to cause a denial of service
(system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code with administrative

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 15.10:
  linux-image-4.2.0-1029-raspi2   4.2.0-1029.38

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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