[USN-3105-1] Linux kernel vulnerability

Steve Beattie steve.beattie at canonical.com
Thu Oct 20 02:42:24 UTC 2016

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3105-1
October 20, 2016

linux vulnerability

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

- Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


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

Software Description:
- linux: Linux kernel


It was discovered that a race condition existed in the memory manager of
the Linux kernel when handling copy-on-write breakage of private read-only
memory mappings. A local attacker could use this to gain administrative

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
  linux-image-3.13.0-100-generic  3.13.0-100.147
  linux-image-3.13.0-100-generic-lpae  3.13.0-100.147
  linux-image-3.13.0-100-lowlatency  3.13.0-100.147
  linux-image-3.13.0-100-powerpc-e500  3.13.0-100.147
  linux-image-3.13.0-100-powerpc-e500mc  3.13.0-100.147
  linux-image-3.13.0-100-powerpc-smp  3.13.0-100.147
  linux-image-3.13.0-100-powerpc64-emb  3.13.0-100.147
  linux-image-3.13.0-100-powerpc64-smp  3.13.0-100.147

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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