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USN-2764-1: Linux kernel (Utopic HWE) vulnerability

5 October 2015

The system could be made to crash or run programs as an administrator.




Dmitry Vyukov discovered that the Linux kernel did not properly initialize
IPC object state in certain situations. A local attacker could use this to
escalate their privileges, expose confidential information, or cause a
denial of service (system crash).

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04

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-2761-1: linux, linux-image-3.13.0-65-powerpc-smp, linux-image-3.13.0-65-powerpc-e500mc, linux-image-3.13.0-65-powerpc-e500, linux-image-extra-3.13.0-65-generic, linux-image-3.13.0-65-generic, linux-image-3.13.0-65-powerpc64-emb, linux-image-3.13.0-65-generic-lpae, linux-image-3.13.0-65-powerpc64-smp, linux-image-3.13.0-65-lowlatency
  • USN-2796-1: linux-ti-omap4, linux-image-3.2.0-1473-omap4
  • USN-2763-1: linux-lts-trusty, linux-image-3.13.0-65-generic-lpae, linux-image-3.13.0-65-generic
  • USN-2792-1: linux-image-3.2.0-93-highbank, linux-image-3.2.0-93-generic, linux-image-3.2.0-93-omap, linux-image-3.2.0-93-virtual, linux-image-3.2.0-93-generic-pae, linux-image-3.2.0-93-powerpc64-smp, linux-image-3.2.0-93-powerpc-smp, linux
  • USN-2765-1: linux-image-3.19.0-30-generic-lpae, linux-image-3.19.0-30-powerpc64-emb, linux-image-3.19.0-30-powerpc64-smp, linux-lts-vivid, linux-image-3.19.0-30-generic, linux-image-extra-3.19.0-30-generic, linux-image-3.19.0-30-lowlatency, linux-image-3.19.0-30-powerpc-e500mc, linux-image-3.19.0-30-powerpc-smp
  • USN-2762-1: linux-image-3.19.0-30-generic-lpae, linux-image-3.19.0-30-powerpc64-emb, linux, linux-image-3.19.0-30-powerpc64-smp, linux-image-3.19.0-30-generic, linux-image-3.19.0-30-lowlatency, linux-image-3.19.0-30-powerpc-e500mc, linux-image-3.19.0-30-powerpc-smp