USN-3762-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities

11 September 2018

Several security issues were fixed in the Linux kernel.

Releases

Packages

  • linux - Linux kernel
  • linux-aws - Linux kernel for Amazon Web Services (AWS) systems
  • linux-azure - Linux kernel for Microsoft Azure Cloud systems
  • linux-gcp - Linux kernel for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) systems
  • linux-kvm - Linux kernel for cloud environments
  • linux-raspi2 - Linux kernel for Raspberry Pi 2

Details

It was discovered that the VirtIO subsystem in the Linux kernel did not
properly initialize memory in some situations. A local attacker could use
this to possibly expose sensitive information (kernel memory).
(CVE-2018-1118)

Seunghun Han discovered an information leak in the ACPI handling code in
the Linux kernel when handling early termination of ACPI table loading. A
local attacker could use this to expose sensitive informal (kernel address
locations). (CVE-2017-13695)

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-3696-1: linux-image-4.4.0-130-powerpc64-smp, linux-image-powerpc64-emb, linux-image-powerpc64-smp, linux-image-kvm, linux-image-4.4.0-130-generic, linux-image-4.4.0-130-lowlatency, linux-image-raspi2, linux-image-snapdragon, linux-snapdragon, linux-image-aws, linux, linux-image-4.4.0-1062-aws, linux-image-4.4.0-130-generic-lpae, linux-image-powerpc-smp, linux-image-generic-lpae, linux-raspi2, linux-image-4.4.0-130-powerpc-e500mc, linux-kvm, linux-image-4.4.0-130-powerpc64-emb, linux-image-4.4.0-1092-raspi2, linux-image-4.4.0-1029-kvm, linux-image-generic, linux-image-4.4.0-1095-snapdragon, linux-image-powerpc-e500mc, linux-image-lowlatency, linux-aws, linux-image-4.4.0-130-powerpc-smp
  • USN-3762-2: linux-image-azure, linux-image-4.15.0-1019-gcp, linux-image-gke, linux-image-lowlatency-hwe-16.04, linux-hwe, linux-image-generic-lpae-hwe-16.04, linux-image-4.15.0-34-lowlatency, linux-gcp, linux-image-4.15.0-34-generic, linux-image-4.15.0-34-generic-lpae, linux-image-4.15.0-1023-azure, linux-azure, linux-image-generic-hwe-16.04, linux-image-gcp
  • USN-3696-2: linux-image-4.4.0-1024-aws, linux-image-4.4.0-130-powerpc-e500mc, linux-image-aws, linux-image-powerpc-e500mc-lts-xenial, linux-image-4.4.0-130-powerpc64-smp, linux-image-powerpc64-emb-lts-xenial, linux-image-4.4.0-130-powerpc64-emb, linux-image-powerpc64-smp-lts-xenial, linux-aws, linux-image-4.4.0-130-generic, linux-image-4.4.0-130-lowlatency, linux-image-generic-lpae-lts-xenial, linux-image-4.4.0-130-generic-lpae, linux-image-lowlatency-lts-xenial, linux-lts-xenial, linux-image-generic-lts-xenial, linux-image-powerpc-smp-lts-xenial, linux-image-4.4.0-130-powerpc-smp