USN-1598-1: Linux kernel vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1598-1

9th October, 2012

linux vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS


Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.

Software description

  • linux - Linux kernel


An error was discovered in the Linux kernel's network TUN/TAP device
implementation. A local user with access to the TUN/TAP interface (which is
not available to unprivileged users until granted by a root user) could
exploit this flaw to crash the system or potential gain administrative

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS:
linux-image-2.6.24-32-itanium 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-powerpc 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-virtual 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-powerpc64-smp 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-sparc64 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-server 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-openvz 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-386 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-lpiacompat 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-hppa32 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-lpia 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-xen 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-generic 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-powerpc-smp 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-mckinley 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-rt 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-hppa64 2.6.24-32.105
linux-image-2.6.24-32-sparc64-smp 2.6.24-32.105

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make
all the necessary changes.