USN-3901-2: Linux kernel (HWE) vulnerabilities

05 March 2019

Several security issues were fixed in the Linux kernel.

Releases

Packages

  • linux-aws-hwe - Linux kernel for Amazon Web Services (AWS-HWE) systems
  • linux-azure - Linux kernel for Microsoft Azure Cloud systems
  • linux-gcp - Linux kernel for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) systems
  • linux-hwe - Linux hardware enablement (HWE) kernel
  • linux-oracle - Linux kernel for Oracle Cloud systems

Details

USN-3901-1 fixed vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel for Ubuntu 18.04
LTS. This update provides the corresponding updates for the Linux
Hardware Enablement (HWE) kernel from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS for Ubuntu
16.04 LTS.

Jann Horn discovered that the userfaultd implementation in the Linux kernel
did not properly restrict access to certain ioctls. A local attacker could
use this possibly to modify files. (CVE-2018-18397)

It was discovered that the crypto subsystem of the Linux kernel leaked
uninitialized memory to user space in some situations. A local attacker
could use this to expose sensitive information (kernel memory).
(CVE-2018-19854)

Jann Horn discovered a race condition in the fork() system call in the
Linux kernel. A local attacker could use this to gain access to services
that cache authorizations. (CVE-2019-6133)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 16.04
Ubuntu 14.04

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-3910-1: linux-image-4.4.0-143-powerpc64-smp, linux-kvm, linux-image-powerpc64-smp, linux-image-4.4.0-143-powerpc64-emb, linux-image-kvm, linux-image-4.4.0-143-generic-lpae, linux-image-aws, linux-image-4.4.0-143-powerpc-smp, linux-snapdragon, linux-image-powerpc-e500mc, linux-image-lowlatency, linux-aws, linux-image-snapdragon, linux-image-4.4.0-1108-snapdragon, linux-image-generic, linux-raspi2, linux-image-4.4.0-1041-kvm, linux-image-4.4.0-143-powerpc-e500mc, linux-image-4.4.0-143-lowlatency, linux-image-powerpc64-emb, linux-image-4.4.0-143-generic, linux-image-powerpc-smp, linux-image-4.4.0-1104-raspi2, linux-image-4.4.0-1077-aws, linux-image-virtual, linux-image-generic-lpae, linux-image-raspi2, linux
  • USN-3901-1: linux-image-oracle, linux-kvm, linux-oem, linux-image-kvm, linux-image-4.15.0-46-generic, linux-image-4.15.0-1009-oracle, linux-oracle, linux-image-4.15.0-46-lowlatency, linux-image-aws, linux-gcp, linux-image-lowlatency, linux-aws, linux-image-4.15.0-1034-oem, linux-image-oem, linux-image-gke, linux-image-snapdragon, linux-raspi2, linux-image-generic, linux-image-4.15.0-1028-gcp, linux-image-4.15.0-46-snapdragon, linux-image-4.15.0-1033-aws, linux-image-4.15.0-1032-raspi2, linux-image-4.15.0-46-generic-lpae, linux-image-gcp, linux-image-generic-lpae, linux-image-raspi2, linux, linux-image-4.15.0-1030-kvm
  • USN-3908-1: linux-image-powerpc-e500, linux-image-powerpc64-emb, linux-image-generic, linux-image-3.13.0-166-powerpc-e500, linux-image-3.13.0-166-generic-lpae, linux-image-3.13.0-166-powerpc-e500mc, linux-image-powerpc-smp, linux-image-virtual, linux-image-powerpc64-smp, linux-image-powerpc-e500mc, linux-image-lowlatency, linux-image-3.13.0-166-generic, linux-image-3.13.0-166-powerpc64-smp, linux-image-generic-lpae, linux-image-3.13.0-166-powerpc64-emb, linux-image-3.13.0-166-lowlatency, linux-image-3.13.0-166-powerpc-smp, linux
  • USN-3903-2: linux-image-generic-hwe-18.04, linux-image-snapdragon-hwe-18.04, linux-image-4.18.0-16-lowlatency, linux-image-generic-lpae-hwe-18.04, linux-hwe, linux-image-4.18.0-16-snapdragon, linux-azure, linux-image-4.18.0-16-generic, linux-image-azure, linux-image-4.18.0-16-generic-lpae, linux-image-4.18.0-1013-azure, linux-image-lowlatency-hwe-18.04
  • USN-3934-1: libpolkit-backend-1-0, policykit-1
  • USN-3903-1: linux-image-4.18.0-16-snapdragon, linux-kvm, linux-image-4.18.0-1007-gcp, linux-image-kvm, linux-image-4.18.0-16-lowlatency, linux-image-lowlatency, linux-image-4.18.0-16-generic, linux-image-gke, linux-image-4.18.0-1010-raspi2, linux-image-snapdragon, linux-raspi2, linux-image-generic, linux-image-4.18.0-1013-azure, linux-image-gcp, linux-azure, linux-image-4.18.0-1008-kvm, linux-image-generic-lpae, linux-image-raspi2, linux-image-azure, linux-image-4.18.0-16-generic-lpae, linux, linux-gcp
  • USN-3908-2: linux-image-generic-lts-trusty, linux-image-3.13.0-166-generic-lpae, linux-lts-trusty, linux-image-3.13.0-166-generic, linux-image-generic-lpae-lts-trusty, linux-image-3.13.0-166-lowlatency
  • USN-3910-2: linux-image-generic-lts-xenial, linux-image-4.4.0-143-powerpc64-smp, linux-image-4.4.0-143-powerpc64-emb, linux-image-virtual-lts-xenial, linux-image-4.4.0-143-generic-lpae, linux-image-4.4.0-1039-aws, linux-image-aws, linux-image-4.4.0-143-powerpc-smp, linux-image-powerpc64-emb-lts-xenial, linux-image-lowlatency-lts-xenial, linux-aws, linux-image-powerpc-e500mc-lts-xenial, linux-image-powerpc-smp-lts-xenial, linux-image-4.4.0-143-powerpc-e500mc, linux-image-4.4.0-143-lowlatency, linux-image-powerpc64-smp-lts-xenial, linux-image-4.4.0-143-generic, linux-lts-xenial, linux-image-generic-lpae-lts-xenial
  • USN-3878-1: linux-image-4.18.0-14-snapdragon, linux-kvm, linux-image-kvm, linux-image-4.18.0-14-lowlatency, linux-image-aws, linux-image-4.18.0-1008-aws, linux-image-4.18.0-1009-raspi2, linux-image-lowlatency, linux-aws, linux-image-gke, linux-image-snapdragon, linux-raspi2, linux-image-generic, linux-image-4.18.0-14-generic-lpae, linux-image-4.18.0-1006-gcp, linux-image-4.18.0-14-generic, linux-image-gcp, linux-image-4.18.0-1007-kvm, linux-image-generic-lpae, linux-image-raspi2, linux, linux-gcp
  • USN-3878-2: linux-azure, linux-image-4.18.0-1008-azure, linux-image-azure
  • USN-3934-2: libpolkit-backend-1-0, policykit-1
  • USN-3872-1: linux-image-generic-hwe-18.04, linux-image-snapdragon-hwe-18.04, linux-image-4.18.0-14-snapdragon, linux-image-generic-lpae-hwe-18.04, linux-hwe, linux-image-4.18.0-14-generic, linux-image-4.18.0-14-generic-lpae, linux-image-4.18.0-14-lowlatency, linux-image-lowlatency-hwe-18.04