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USN-3846-1: Linux kernel vulnerability

20 December 2018

The system could be made to expose sensitive information.

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  • 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


It was discovered that an integer overflow vulnerability existed in the
CDROM driver of the Linux kernel. A local attacker could use this to expose
sensitive information (kernel memory).

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Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 18.10

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.


Related notices

  • USN-3847-2: linux-aws-hwe, linux-image-unsigned-4.15.0-1026-gcp, linux-image-4.15.0-43-generic-lpae, linux-image-4.15.0-43-lowlatency, linux-hwe, linux-image-4.15.0-43-generic, linux-image-4.15.0-1031-aws, linux-azure, linux-image-unsigned-4.15.0-43-generic, linux-image-unsigned-4.15.0-1036-azure, linux-gcp, linux-image-unsigned-4.15.0-43-lowlatency
  • USN-3847-3: linux-azure, linux-image-unsigned-4.15.0-1036-azure
  • USN-3847-1: linux-image-4.15.0-43-lowlatency, linux-image-4.15.0-43-snapdragon, linux-gcp, linux-image-unsigned-4.15.0-1026-gcp, linux-image-4.15.0-1028-kvm, linux-image-4.15.0-43-generic-lpae, linux-kvm, linux-oem, linux-image-4.15.0-1031-aws, linux-image-unsigned-4.15.0-43-generic, linux-image-unsigned-4.15.0-1036-azure, linux-raspi2, linux, linux-image-unsigned-4.15.0-43-lowlatency, linux-aws, linux-image-4.15.0-43-generic, linux-image-4.15.0-1030-raspi2, linux-azure, linux-image-unsigned-4.15.0-1030-oem
  • USN-3848-1: linux-image-4.4.0-1102-raspi2, linux-aws, linux-image-4.4.0-1106-snapdragon, linux-image-4.4.0-1074-aws, linux-image-4.4.0-1039-kvm, linux-image-4.4.0-141-powerpc-e500mc, linux-image-4.4.0-141-powerpc64-emb, linux-kvm, linux-raspi2, linux-image-4.4.0-141-generic, linux-image-4.4.0-141-powerpc64-smp, linux-image-extra-4.4.0-141-generic, linux-snapdragon, linux-image-4.4.0-141-powerpc-smp, linux-image-4.4.0-141-lowlatency, linux-image-4.4.0-141-generic-lpae, linux
  • USN-3848-2: linux-image-4.4.0-1037-aws, linux-aws, linux-lts-xenial, linux-image-4.4.0-141-powerpc-e500mc, linux-image-4.4.0-141-powerpc64-emb, linux-image-4.4.0-141-generic, linux-image-4.4.0-141-powerpc64-smp, linux-image-extra-4.4.0-141-generic, linux-image-4.4.0-141-powerpc-smp, linux-image-4.4.0-141-lowlatency, linux-image-4.4.0-141-generic-lpae
  • USN-3849-2: linux-image-3.13.0-164-generic-lpae, linux-image-3.13.0-164-generic, linux-image-generic-lts-trusty, linux-image-generic-lpae-lts-trusty, linux-lts-trusty
  • USN-3849-1: linux-image-extra-3.13.0-164-generic, linux-image-3.13.0-164-powerpc64-emb, linux-image-3.13.0-164-generic-lpae, linux-image-3.13.0-164-powerpc-e500mc, linux-image-3.13.0-164-generic, linux-image-3.13.0-164-powerpc64-smp, linux-image-3.13.0-164-powerpc-e500, linux-image-3.13.0-164-powerpc-smp, linux, linux-image-3.13.0-164-lowlatency