USN-2873-1: Linux kernel (Utopic HWE) vulnerability
Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2873-1
19th January, 2016
A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:
- Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
The system could be made to crash or run programs as an administrator.
- linux-lts-utopic - Linux hardware enablement kernel from Utopic
Yevgeny Pats discovered that the session keyring implementation in the
Linux kernel did not properly reference count when joining an existing
session keyring. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of
service (system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code with
The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package version:
- Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
- linux-image-3.16.0-59-powerpc-e500mc 3.16.0-59.79~14.04.1
- linux-image-3.16.0-59-powerpc64-smp 3.16.0-59.79~14.04.1
- linux-image-3.16.0-59-generic-lpae 3.16.0-59.79~14.04.1
- linux-image-3.16.0-59-powerpc-smp 3.16.0-59.79~14.04.1
- linux-image-3.16.0-59-lowlatency 3.16.0-59.79~14.04.1
- linux-image-3.16.0-59-powerpc64-emb 3.16.0-59.79~14.04.1
- linux-image-3.16.0-59-generic 3.16.0-59.79~14.04.1
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.
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.