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USN-1932-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities

20 August 2013

Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.




Chanam Park reported a Null pointer flaw in the Linux kernel's Ceph client.
A remote attacker could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service
(system crash). (CVE-2013-1059)

An information leak was discovered in the Linux kernel's fanotify
interface. A local user could exploit this flaw to obtain sensitive
information from kernel memory. (CVE-2013-2148)

Jonathan Salwan discovered an information leak in the Linux kernel's cdrom
driver. A local user can exploit this leak to obtain sensitive information
from kernel memory if the CD-ROM drive is malfunctioning. (CVE-2013-2164)

Kees Cook discovered a format string vulnerability in the Linux kernel's
disk block layer. A local user with administrator privileges could exploit
this flaw to gain kernel privileges. (CVE-2013-2851)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.10

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.

Related notices

  • USN-1934-1: linux-ti-omap4, linux-image-3.5.0-231-omap4
  • USN-1941-1: linux-image-3.2.0-53-powerpc64-smp, linux-image-3.2.0-53-generic-pae, linux-image-3.2.0-53-generic, linux, linux-image-3.2.0-53-virtual, linux-image-3.2.0-53-powerpc-smp, linux-image-3.2.0-53-omap, linux-image-3.2.0-53-highbank
  • USN-1936-1: linux-image-3.8.0-29-generic, linux-lts-raring
  • USN-1935-1: linux, linux-image-3.8.0-29-generic
  • USN-1933-1: linux-ti-omap4, linux-image-3.5.0-231-omap4
  • USN-1942-1: linux-ti-omap4, linux-image-3.2.0-1437-omap4
  • USN-1931-1: linux-image-3.5.0-39-generic, linux-lts-quantal
  • USN-1929-1: linux-image-3.2.0-52-powerpc-smp, linux-image-3.2.0-52-highbank, linux-image-3.2.0-52-omap, linux, linux-image-3.2.0-52-virtual, linux-image-3.2.0-52-powerpc64-smp, linux-image-3.2.0-52-generic, linux-image-3.2.0-52-generic-pae
  • USN-1930-1: linux-image-3.2.0-1436-omap4, linux-ti-omap4
  • USN-1912-1: linux-image-2.6.32-50-386, linux-image-2.6.32-50-generic, linux-image-2.6.32-50-server, linux-image-2.6.32-50-ia64, linux-image-2.6.32-50-sparc64-smp, linux-image-2.6.32-50-powerpc, linux-image-2.6.32-50-generic-pae, linux-image-2.6.32-50-versatile, linux, linux-image-2.6.32-50-powerpc64-smp, linux-image-2.6.32-50-sparc64, linux-image-2.6.32-50-powerpc-smp, linux-image-2.6.32-50-preempt, linux-image-2.6.32-50-lpia, linux-image-2.6.32-50-virtual
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