USN-1386-1: Linux kernel (Natty backport) vulnerabilities

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1386-1

6th March, 2012

linux-lts-backport-natty vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

Summary

Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.

Software description

  • linux-lts-backport-natty - Linux kernel backport from Natty

Details

The linux kernel did not properly account for PTE pages when deciding which
task to kill in out of memory conditions. A local, unprivileged could
exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service. (CVE-2011-2498)

A flaw was discovered in the TOMOYO LSM's handling of mount system calls.
An unprivileged user could oops the system causing a denial of service.
(CVE-2011-2518)

Han-Wen Nienhuys reported a flaw in the FUSE kernel module. A local user
who can mount a FUSE file system could cause a denial of service.
(CVE-2011-3353)

A bug was discovered in the Linux kernel's calculation of OOM (Out of
memory) scores, that would result in the wrong process being killed. A user
could use this to kill the process with the highest OOM score, even if that
process belongs to another user or the system. (CVE-2011-4097)

A flaw was found in KVM's Programmable Interval Timer (PIT). When a virtual
interrupt control is not available a local user could use this to cause a
denial of service by starting a timer. (CVE-2011-4622)

A flaw was discovered in the XFS filesystem. If a local user mounts a
specially crafted XFS image it could potential execute arbitrary code on
the system. (CVE-2012-0038)

Chen Haogang discovered an integer overflow that could result in memory
corruption. A local unprivileged user could use this to crash the system.
(CVE-2012-0044)

A flaw was found in the linux kernels IPv4 IGMP query processing. A remote
attacker could exploit this to cause a denial of service. (CVE-2012-0207)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS:
linux-image-2.6.38-13-virtual 2.6.38-13.56~lucid1
linux-image-2.6.38-13-server 2.6.38-13.56~lucid1
linux-image-2.6.38-13-generic-pae 2.6.38-13.56~lucid1
linux-image-2.6.38-13-generic 2.6.38-13.56~lucid1

To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

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. If
you use linux-restricted-modules, you have to update that package as
well to get modules which work with the new kernel version. Unless you
manually uninstalled the standard kernel metapackages (e.g. linux-generic,
linux-server, linux-powerpc), a standard system upgrade will automatically
perform this as well.

References

CVE-2011-2498, CVE-2011-2518, CVE-2011-3353, CVE-2011-4097, CVE-2011-4622, CVE-2012-0038, CVE-2012-0044, CVE-2012-0207