USN-3071-2: Linux kernel (Trusty HWE) vulnerabilities
29 August 2016
Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.
- linux-lts-trusty - Linux hardware enablement kernel from Trusty for Precise
USN-3071-1 fixed vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel for Ubuntu
14.04 LTS. This update provides the corresponding updates for the
Linux Hardware Enablement (HWE) kernel from Ubuntu 14.04 LTS for
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
Kangjie Lu discovered an information leak in the Reliable Datagram Sockets
(RDS) implementation in the Linux kernel. A local attacker could use this
to obtain potentially sensitive information from kernel memory.
Yue Cao et al discovered a flaw in the TCP implementation's handling of
challenge acks in the Linux kernel. A remote attacker could use this to
cause a denial of service (reset connection) or inject content into an TCP
Pengfei Wang discovered a race condition in the MIC VOP driver in the Linux
kernel. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service
(system crash) or obtain potentially sensitive information from kernel
Cyril Bur discovered that on PowerPC platforms, the Linux kernel mishandled
transactional memory state on exec(). A local attacker could use this to
cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary
It was discovered that a heap based buffer overflow existed in the USB HID
driver in the Linux kernel. A local attacker could use this cause a denial
of service (system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code.
The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:
- linux-image-3.13.0-95-generic - 3.13.0-95.142~precise1
- linux-image-3.13.0-95-generic-lpae - 3.13.0-95.142~precise1
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.
Unless you manually uninstalled the standard kernel metapackages
(e.g. linux-generic, linux-generic-lts-RELEASE, linux-virtual,
linux-powerpc), a standard system upgrade will automatically perform
this as well.