USN-3221-1: Linux kernel vulnerability

08 March 2017

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

Releases

Packages

  • linux - Linux kernel
  • linux-raspi2 - Linux kernel for Raspberry Pi 2

Details

Alexander Popov discovered that the N_HDLC line discipline implementation
in the Linux kernel contained a double-free vulnerability. A local attacker
could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly gain
administrative privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 16.10

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.
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.

References