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USN-3732-1: Linux kernel vulnerability

6 August 2018

The system could be made unavailable if it received specially crafted network traffic.

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  • linux-oem - Linux kernel for OEM processors
  • linux-raspi2 - Linux kernel for Raspberry Pi 2


Juha-Matti Tilli discovered that the TCP implementation in the Linux kernel
performed algorithmically expensive operations in some situations when
handling incoming packets. A remote attacker could use this to cause a
denial of service.

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Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 18.04

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-3742-1: linux-image-3.13.0-155-lowlatency, linux, linux-image-3.13.0-155-powerpc-e500, linux-image-3.13.0-155-powerpc64-smp, linux-image-extra-3.13.0-155-generic, linux-image-3.13.0-155-generic, linux-image-3.13.0-155-powerpc-smp, linux-image-3.13.0-155-powerpc64-emb, linux-image-3.13.0-155-generic-lpae, linux-image-3.13.0-155-powerpc-e500mc
  • USN-3742-2: linux-lts-trusty, linux-image-3.13.0-155-generic, linux-image-generic-lpae-lts-trusty, linux-image-3.13.0-155-generic-lpae, linux-image-generic-lts-trusty
  • USN-3763-1: linux-image-3.2.0-135-powerpc-smp, linux-image-powerpc-smp, linux-image-3.2.0-135-generic-pae, linux-image-highbank, linux-image-generic-pae, linux, linux-image-3.2.0-135-generic, linux-image-3.2.0-135-omap, linux-image-3.2.0-135-highbank, linux-image-3.2.0-135-powerpc64-smp, linux-image-3.2.0-135-virtual, linux-image-omap, linux-image-powerpc64-smp, linux-image-virtual, linux-image-generic
  • USN-3741-2: linux-image-4.4.0-133-powerpc-smp, linux-image-4.4.0-133-powerpc64-smp, linux-image-4.4.0-1027-aws, linux-image-4.4.0-133-generic, linux-image-4.4.0-133-generic-lpae, linux-image-extra-4.4.0-133-generic, linux-image-4.4.0-133-powerpc-e500mc, linux-lts-xenial, linux-image-4.4.0-133-powerpc64-emb, linux-image-4.4.0-133-lowlatency, linux-aws
  • USN-3741-1: linux-image-4.4.0-133-powerpc-smp, linux-image-4.4.0-1065-aws, linux-image-4.4.0-1098-snapdragon, linux, linux-image-4.4.0-133-generic, linux-image-4.4.0-133-generic-lpae, linux-image-4.4.0-133-powerpc64-smp, linux-image-4.4.0-133-powerpc-e500mc, linux-image-extra-4.4.0-133-generic, linux-image-4.4.0-133-powerpc64-emb, linux-kvm, linux-raspi2, linux-image-4.4.0-133-lowlatency, linux-image-4.4.0-1094-raspi2, linux-image-4.4.0-1031-kvm, linux-snapdragon, linux-aws
  • USN-3732-2: linux-gcp, linux-image-unsigned-4.15.0-30-lowlatency, linux-image-4.15.0-30-generic, linux-hwe, linux-image-unsigned-4.15.0-30-generic, linux-image-4.15.0-30-generic-lpae, linux-image-4.15.0-1015-gcp, linux-image-4.15.0-30-lowlatency, linux-azure, linux-image-unsigned-4.15.0-1019-azure