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USN-2317-1: Linux kernel (Trusty HWE) vulnerabilities

18 August 2014

Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.

Releases

Packages

Details

Eric W. Biederman discovered a flaw with the mediation of mount flags in
the Linux kernel's user namespace subsystem. An unprivileged user could
exploit this flaw to by-pass mount restrictions, and potentially gain
administrative privileges. (CVE-2014-5207)

Kenton Varda discovered a flaw with read-only bind mounds when used with
user namespaces. An unprivileged local user could exploit this flaw to gain
full write privileges to a mount that should be read only. (CVE-2014-5206)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.04

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-2318-1: linux-image-extra-3.13.0-34-generic, linux-image-3.13.0-34-powerpc-smp, linux-image-3.13.0-34-lowlatency, linux-image-3.13.0-34-generic, linux-image-3.13.0-34-powerpc-e500, linux-image-3.13.0-34-powerpc-e500mc, linux-image-3.13.0-34-generic-lpae, linux-image-3.13.0-34-powerpc64-emb, linux, linux-image-3.13.0-34-powerpc64-smp