USN-1160-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities

28 June 2011

Multiple kernel vulnerabilities have been fixed.

Releases

Packages

  • linux - Linux kernel

Details

Dan Rosenberg discovered that IRDA did not correctly check the size of
buffers. On non-x86 systems, a local attacker could exploit this to read
kernel heap memory, leading to a loss of privacy. (CVE-2010-4529)

Dan Rosenburg discovered that the CAN subsystem leaked kernel addresses
into the /proc filesystem. A local attacker could use this to increase the
chances of a successful memory corruption exploit. (CVE-2010-4565)

Kees Cook discovered that the IOWarrior USB device driver did not correctly
check certain size fields. A local attacker with physical access could plug
in a specially crafted USB device to crash the system or potentially gain
root privileges. (CVE-2010-4656)

Goldwyn Rodrigues discovered that the OCFS2 filesystem did not correctly
clear memory when writing certain file holes. A local attacker could
exploit this to read uninitialized data from the disk, leading to a loss of
privacy. (CVE-2011-0463)

Dan Carpenter discovered that the TTPCI DVB driver did not check certain
values during an ioctl. If the dvb-ttpci module was loaded, a local
attacker could exploit this to crash the system, leading to a denial of
service, or possibly gain root privileges. (CVE-2011-0521)

Jens Kuehnel discovered that the InfiniBand driver contained a race
condition. On systems using InfiniBand, a local attacker could send
specially crafted requests to crash the system, leading to a denial of
service. (CVE-2011-0695)

Dan Rosenberg discovered that XFS did not correctly initialize memory. A
local attacker could make crafted ioctl calls to leak portions of kernel
stack memory, leading to a loss of privacy. (CVE-2011-0711)

Rafael Dominguez Vega discovered that the caiaq Native Instruments USB
driver did not correctly validate string lengths. A local attacker with
physical access could plug in a specially crafted USB device to crash the
system or potentially gain root privileges. (CVE-2011-0712)

Kees Cook reported that /proc/pid/stat did not correctly filter certain
memory locations. A local attacker could determine the memory layout of
processes in an attempt to increase the chances of a successful memory
corruption exploit. (CVE-2011-0726)

Timo Warns discovered that MAC partition parsing routines did not correctly
calculate block counts. A local attacker with physical access could plug in
a specially crafted block device to crash the system or potentially gain
root privileges. (CVE-2011-1010)

Timo Warns discovered that LDM partition parsing routines did not correctly
calculate block counts. A local attacker with physical access could plug in
a specially crafted block device to crash the system, leading to a denial
of service. (CVE-2011-1012)

Matthiew Herrb discovered that the drm modeset interface did not correctly
handle a signed comparison. A local attacker could exploit this to crash
the system or possibly gain root privileges. (CVE-2011-1013)

Marek Olšák discovered that the Radeon GPU drivers did not correctly
validate certain registers. On systems with specific hardware, a local
attacker could exploit this to write to arbitrary video memory.
(CVE-2011-1016)

Timo Warns discovered that the LDM disk partition handling code did not
correctly handle certain values. By inserting a specially crafted disk
device, a local attacker could exploit this to gain root privileges.
(CVE-2011-1017)

Vasiliy Kulikov discovered that the CAP_SYS_MODULE capability was not
needed to load kernel modules. A local attacker with the CAP_NET_ADMIN
capability could load existing kernel modules, possibly increasing the
attack surface available on the system. (CVE-2011-1019)

Vasiliy Kulikov discovered that the Bluetooth stack did not correctly clear
memory. A local attacker could exploit this to read kernel stack memory,
leading to a loss of privacy. (CVE-2011-1078)

Vasiliy Kulikov discovered that the Bluetooth stack did not correctly check
that device name strings were NULL terminated. A local attacker could
exploit this to crash the system, leading to a denial of service, or leak
contents of kernel stack memory, leading to a loss of privacy.
(CVE-2011-1079)

Vasiliy Kulikov discovered that bridge network filtering did not check that
name fields were NULL terminated. A local attacker could exploit this to
leak contents of kernel stack memory, leading to a loss of privacy.
(CVE-2011-1080)

Nelson Elhage discovered that the epoll subsystem did not correctly handle
certain structures. A local attacker could create malicious requests that
would hang the system, leading to a denial of service. (CVE-2011-1082)

Johan Hovold discovered that the DCCP network stack did not correctly
handle certain packet combinations. A remote attacker could send specially
crafted network traffic that would crash the system, leading to a denial of
service. (CVE-2011-1093)

Peter Huewe discovered that the TPM device did not correctly initialize
memory. A local attacker could exploit this to read kernel heap memory
contents, leading to a loss of privacy. (CVE-2011-1160)

Dan Rosenberg discovered that some ALSA drivers did not correctly check the
adapter index during ioctl calls. If this driver was loaded, a local
attacker could make a specially crafted ioctl call to gain root privileges.
(CVE-2011-1169)

Vasiliy Kulikov discovered that the netfilter code did not check certain
strings copied from userspace. A local attacker with netfilter access could
exploit this to read kernel memory or crash the system, leading to a denial
of service. (CVE-2011-1170, CVE-2011-1171, CVE-2011-1172, CVE-2011-2534)

Vasiliy Kulikov discovered that the Acorn Universal Networking driver did
not correctly initialize memory. A remote attacker could send specially
crafted traffic to read kernel stack memory, leading to a loss of privacy.
(CVE-2011-1173)

Dan Rosenberg discovered that the IRDA subsystem did not correctly check
certain field sizes. If a system was using IRDA, a remote attacker could
send specially crafted traffic to crash the system or gain root privileges.
(CVE-2011-1180)

Julien Tinnes discovered that the kernel did not correctly validate the
signal structure from tkill(). A local attacker could exploit this to send
signals to arbitrary threads, possibly bypassing expected restrictions.
(CVE-2011-1182)

Dan Rosenberg reported errors in the OSS (Open Sound System) MIDI
interface. A local attacker on non-x86 systems might be able to cause a
denial of service. (CVE-2011-1476)

Dan Rosenberg reported errors in the kernel's OSS (Open Sound System)
driver for Yamaha FM synthesizer chips. A local user can exploit this to
cause memory corruption, causing a denial of service or privilege
escalation. (CVE-2011-1477)

Ryan Sweat discovered that the GRO code did not correctly validate memory.
In some configurations on systems using VLANs, a remote attacker could send
specially crafted traffic to crash the system, leading to a denial of
service. (CVE-2011-1478)

Dan Rosenberg discovered that MPT devices did not correctly validate
certain values in ioctl calls. If these drivers were loaded, a local
attacker could exploit this to read arbitrary kernel memory, leading to a
loss of privacy. (CVE-2011-1494, CVE-2011-1495)

Tavis Ormandy discovered that the pidmap function did not correctly handle
large requests. A local attacker could exploit this to crash the system,
leading to a denial of service. (CVE-2011-1593)

Vasiliy Kulikov discovered that the AGP driver did not check certain ioctl
values. A local attacker with access to the video subsystem could exploit
this to crash the system, leading to a denial of service, or possibly gain
root privileges. (CVE-2011-1745, CVE-2011-2022)

Oliver Hartkopp and Dave Jones discovered that the CAN network driver did
not correctly validate certain socket structures. If this driver was
loaded, a local attacker could crash the system, leading to a denial of
service. (CVE-2011-1748)

A flaw was found in the b43 driver in the Linux kernel. An attacker could
use this flaw to cause a denial of service if the system has an active
wireless interface using the b43 driver. (CVE-2011-3359)

Maynard Johnson discovered that on POWER7, certain speculative events may
raise a performance monitor exception. A local attacker could exploit this
to crash the system, leading to a denial of service. (CVE-2011-4611)

Dan Rosenberg discovered flaws in the linux Rose (X.25 PLP) layer used by
amateur radio. A local user or a remote user on an X.25 network could
exploit these flaws to execute arbitrary code as root. (CVE-2011-4913)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 10.10

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.

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