CVE-2018-14634

Published: 25 September 2018

An integer overflow flaw was found in the Linux kernel's create_elf_tables() function. An unprivileged local user with access to SUID (or otherwise privileged) binary could use this flaw to escalate their privileges on the system. Kernel versions 2.6.x, 3.10.x and 4.14.x are believed to be vulnerable.

From the Ubuntu security team

It was discovered that an integer overflow vulnerability existed in the Linux kernel when loading an executable to run. A local attacker could use this to gain administrative privileges.

Priority

High

CVSS 3 base score: 7.8

Status

Package Release Status
linux
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (4.13~rc1)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Not vulnerable
(4.13.0-16.19)
Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus)
Released (4.4.0-93.116)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr)
Released (3.13.0-160.210)
Patches:
Introduced by b6a2fea39318e43fee84fa7b0b90d68bed92d2ba
Fixed by da029c11e6b12f321f36dac8771e833b65cec962
linux-aws
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (4.13~rc1)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Not vulnerable
(4.15.0-1001.1)
Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus)
Released (4.4.0-1032.41)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-1002.2)
linux-azure
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (4.13~rc1)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Not vulnerable
(4.15.0-1002.2)
Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Not vulnerable
(4.11.0-1009.9)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Not vulnerable
(4.15.0-1023.24~14.04.1)
linux-azure-edge
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (4.13~rc1)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Not vulnerable
(4.18.0-1004.4~18.04.1)
Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Not vulnerable
(4.15.0-1002.2)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist

linux-euclid
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (4.13~rc1)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Does not exist

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus)
Released (4.4.0-9029.31)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist

linux-flo
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (4.13~rc1)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Does not exist

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Ignored
(abandoned)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist
(trusty was ignored [abandoned])
linux-gcp
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (4.13~rc1)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Not vulnerable
(4.15.0-1001.1)
Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus)
Released (4.13.0-1002.5)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist

linux-gke
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (4.13~rc1)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Does not exist

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Ignored
(end-of-life)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist

linux-goldfish
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (4.13~rc1)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Does not exist

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Ignored
(end-of-life)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist
(trusty was ignored [abandoned])
linux-grouper
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (4.13~rc1)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Does not exist

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Does not exist

Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist
(trusty was ignored [abandoned])
linux-hwe
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (4.13~rc1)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Not vulnerable

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus)
Released (4.13.0-26.29~16.04.2)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist

linux-hwe-edge
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (4.13~rc1)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Not vulnerable
(4.18.0-11.12~18.04.1)
Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus)
Released (4.13.0-26.29~16.04.2)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist

linux-kvm
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (4.13~rc1)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Not vulnerable
(4.15.0-1002.2)
Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus)
Released (4.4.0-1007.12)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist

linux-lts-trusty
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (4.13~rc1)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Does not exist

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Does not exist

Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist

linux-lts-utopic
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (4.13~rc1)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Does not exist

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Does not exist

Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist
(trusty was ignored [out of standard support])
linux-lts-vivid
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (4.13~rc1)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Does not exist

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Does not exist

Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist
(trusty was ignored [out of standard support])
linux-lts-wily
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (4.13~rc1)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Does not exist

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Does not exist

Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist
(trusty was ignored [out of standard support])
linux-lts-xenial
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (4.13~rc1)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Does not exist

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Does not exist

Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr)
Released (4.4.0-93.116~14.04.1)
linux-maguro
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (4.13~rc1)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Does not exist

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Does not exist

Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist
(trusty was ignored [abandoned])
linux-mako
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (4.13~rc1)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Does not exist

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Ignored
(abandoned)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist
(trusty was ignored [abandoned])
linux-manta
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (4.13~rc1)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Does not exist

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Does not exist

Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist
(trusty was ignored [abandoned])
linux-oem
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (4.13~rc1)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Not vulnerable
(4.15.0-1002.3)
Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) Not vulnerable
(4.13.0-1008.9)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist

linux-raspi2
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (4.13~rc1)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Not vulnerable
(4.13.0-1005.5)
Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus)
Released (4.4.0-1071.79)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist

linux-snapdragon
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
Upstream
Released (4.13~rc1)
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Not vulnerable

Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus)
Released (4.4.0-1073.78)
Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) Does not exist

Notes

AuthorNote
tyhicks
"Only kernels with commit b6a2fea39318 ("mm: variable length argument
support", from July 19, 2007) but without commit da029c11e6b1 ("exec: Limit
arg stack to at most 75% of _STK_LIM", from July 7, 2017) are exploitable."
This flaw can only be exploited on systems with greater than 32 GB of
RAM

References