[USN-4017-2] Linux kernel vulnerabilities

Steve Beattie steve.beattie at canonical.com
Mon Jun 17 18:28:10 UTC 2019

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-4017-2
June 17, 2019

linux, linux-aws, linux-azure, linux-lts-trusty, linux-lts-xenial

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

- Ubuntu 14.04 ESM
- Ubuntu 12.04 ESM


The system could be made to crash if it received specially crafted
network traffic.

Software Description:
- linux: Linux kernel
- linux-aws: Linux kernel for Amazon Web Services (AWS) systems
- linux-azure: Linux kernel for Microsoft Azure Cloud systems
- linux-lts-xenial: Linux hardware enablement kernel from Xenial for Trusty
- linux-lts-trusty: Linux hardware enablement kernel from Trusty for Precise ESM


USN-4017-1 fixed vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel for Ubuntu.
This update provides the corresponding updates for the Linux kernel
for Ubuntu 16.04 ESM and Ubuntu 14.04 ESM.

Jonathan Looney discovered that the TCP retransmission queue implementation
in the Linux kernel could be fragmented when handling certain TCP Selective
Acknowledgment (SACK) sequences. A remote attacker could use this to cause
a denial of service. (CVE-2019-11478)

Jonathan Looney discovered that an integer overflow existed in the Linux
kernel when handling TCP Selective Acknowledgments (SACKs). A remote
attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash).

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 14.04 ESM:
  linux-image-3.13.0-171-generic  3.13.0-171.222
  linux-image-3.13.0-171-generic-lpae  3.13.0-171.222
  linux-image-3.13.0-171-lowlatency  3.13.0-171.222
  linux-image-4.15.0-1047-azure   4.15.0-1047.51~14.04.1
  linux-image-4.4.0-1046-aws      4.4.0-1046.50
  linux-image-4.4.0-151-generic   4.4.0-151.178~14.04.1
  linux-image-4.4.0-151-generic-lpae  4.4.0-151.178~14.04.1
  linux-image-4.4.0-151-lowlatency  4.4.0-151.178~14.04.1

Ubuntu 12.04 ESM:
  linux-image-3.13.0-171-generic  3.13.0-171.222~12.04.1
  linux-image-3.13.0-171-generic-lpae  3.13.0-171.222~12.04.1
  linux-image-3.13.0-171-lowlatency  3.13.0-171.222~12.04.1
  linux-image-3.2.0-141-generic   3.2.0-141.188

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-2019-11477, CVE-2019-11478,

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