[USN-4188-1] Linux kernel vulnerability

Steve Beattie steve.beattie at canonical.com
Wed Nov 13 02:11:08 UTC 2019

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-4188-1
November 13, 2019

linux, linux-lts-trusty vulnerability

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

- Ubuntu 12.04 ESM


The system could be made to expose sensitive information.

Software Description:
- linux: Linux kernel
- linux-lts-trusty: Linux hardware enablement kernel from Trusty for Precise ESM


Stephan van Schaik, Alyssa Milburn, Sebastian Ă–sterlund, Pietro Frigo,
Kaveh Razavi, Herbert Bos, Cristiano Giuffrida, Giorgi Maisuradze, Moritz
Lipp, Michael Schwarz, Daniel Gruss, and Jo Van Bulck discovered that Intel
processors using Transactional Synchronization Extensions (TSX) could
expose memory contents previously stored in microarchitectural buffers to a
malicious process that is executing on the same CPU core. A local attacker
could use this to expose sensitive information.

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 12.04 ESM:
  linux-image-3.13.0-175-generic  3.13.0-175.226~12.04.1
  linux-image-3.13.0-175-generic-lpae  3.13.0-175.226~12.04.1
  linux-image-3.13.0-175-lowlatency  3.13.0-175.226~12.04.1
  linux-image-3.2.0-144-generic   3.2.0-144.191
  linux-image-3.2.0-144-generic-pae  3.2.0-144.191
  linux-image-3.2.0-144-virtual   3.2.0-144.191

Please note that mitigating the TSX (CVE-2019-11135) issue requires
a corresponding Intel processor microcode update.

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.


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