USN-2200-1: Linux kernel (Raring HWE) vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2200-1

5th May, 2014

linux-lts-raring vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Summary

The system could be made to crash or run programs as an administrator.

Software description

  • linux-lts-raring - Linux hardware enablement kernel from Raring

Details

A flaw was discovered in the Linux kernel's pseudo tty (pty) device. An
unprivileged user could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service
(system crash) or potentially gain administrator privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:
linux-image-3.8.0-39-generic 3.8.0-39.58~precise1

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.

References

CVE-2014-0196