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USN-3189-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities

3 February 2017

Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.




Mikulas Patocka discovered that the asynchronous multibuffer cryptographic
daemon (mcryptd) in the Linux kernel did not properly handle being invoked
with incompatible algorithms. A local attacker could use this to cause a
denial of service (system crash). (CVE-2016-10147)

Qidan He discovered that the ICMP implementation in the Linux kernel did
not properly check the size of an ICMP header. A local attacker with
CAP_NET_ADMIN could use this to expose sensitive information.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 16.04

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.
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.

Related notices

  • USN-3190-1: linux-image-generic-lpae, linux-image-4.8.0-37-powerpc-e500mc, linux-image-lowlatency, linux-image-powerpc-smp, linux-image-generic, linux-image-4.8.0-37-generic-lpae, linux-image-4.8.0-37-powerpc-smp, linux-image-4.8.0-37-generic, linux-image-powerpc64-emb, linux-image-powerpc-e500mc, linux-image-4.8.0-37-lowlatency, linux-image-4.8.0-37-powerpc64-emb, linux
  • USN-3189-2: linux-image-4.4.0-62-generic-lpae, linux-image-4.4.0-62-powerpc64-emb, linux-image-extra-4.4.0-62-generic, linux-image-4.4.0-62-powerpc-smp, linux-lts-xenial, linux-image-4.4.0-62-powerpc64-smp, linux-image-4.4.0-62-lowlatency, linux-image-4.4.0-62-generic, linux-image-4.4.0-62-powerpc-e500mc
  • USN-3190-2: linux-image-4.8.0-1024-raspi2, linux-raspi2, linux-image-raspi2