[USN-3510-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities

Steve Beattie steve.beattie at canonical.com
Fri Dec 8 00:26:49 UTC 2017

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3510-1
December 08, 2017

linux vulnerabilities

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

- Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


Several security issues were fixed in the Linux kernel.

Software Description:
- linux: Linux kernel


Mohamed Ghannam discovered that a use-after-free vulnerability existed in
the Netlink subsystem (XFRM) in the Linux kernel. A local attacker could
use this to cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly execute
arbitrary code. (CVE-2017-16939)

It was discovered that the Linux kernel did not properly handle copy-on-
write of transparent huge pages. A local attacker could use this to cause a
denial of service (application crashes) or possibly gain administrative
privileges. (CVE-2017-1000405)

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
  linux-image-3.13.0-137-generic  3.13.0-137.186
  linux-image-3.13.0-137-generic-lpae  3.13.0-137.186
  linux-image-3.13.0-137-lowlatency  3.13.0-137.186
  linux-image-3.13.0-137-powerpc-e500  3.13.0-137.186
  linux-image-3.13.0-137-powerpc-e500mc  3.13.0-137.186
  linux-image-3.13.0-137-powerpc-smp  3.13.0-137.186
  linux-image-3.13.0-137-powerpc64-emb  3.13.0-137.186
  linux-image-3.13.0-137-powerpc64-smp  3.13.0-137.186

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-2017-1000405, CVE-2017-16939

Package Information:

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