USN-4320-1: Linux kernel vulnerability

06 April 2020

The system could be made to crash or expose sensitive information.

Releases

Packages

Details

Al Viro discovered that the vfs layer in the Linux kernel contained a use-
after-free vulnerability. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial
of service (system crash) or possibly expose sensitive information (kernel
memory).

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.

References

Related notices

  • USN-4318-1: linux-image-virtual, linux-image-4.15.0-96-generic-lpae, linux-image-generic-lpae, linux-image-lowlatency-hwe-16.04, linux-image-4.15.0-96-generic, linux-image-lowlatency, linux-image-4.15.0-96-lowlatency, linux-image-powerpc-smp, linux-image-powerpc64-smp, linux-image-powerpc-e500mc, linux, linux-hwe, linux-image-powerpc64-emb, linux-image-oem, linux-image-generic, linux-image-generic-hwe-16.04, linux-image-virtual-hwe-16.04, linux-image-generic-lpae-hwe-16.04
  • USN-4319-1: linux-image-5.3.0-1014-oracle, linux-image-5.3.0-1017-gcp, linux-image-5.3.0-46-lowlatency, linux-image-generic-lpae-hwe-18.04, linux-image-kvm, linux-image-5.3.0-46-generic, linux-image-raspi2-hwe-18.04, linux, linux-azure, linux-hwe, linux-image-5.3.0-1016-aws, linux-image-generic, linux-image-virtual, linux-image-snapdragon-hwe-18.04, linux-raspi2, linux-image-generic-lpae, linux-image-5.3.0-46-snapdragon, linux-gcp-5.3, linux-image-oracle, linux-image-gke, linux-oracle, linux-image-azure, linux-kvm, linux-image-virtual-hwe-18.04, linux-image-aws, linux-image-gcp, linux-raspi2-5.3, linux-image-gcp-edge, linux-azure-5.3, linux-image-5.3.0-46-generic-lpae, linux-image-raspi2, linux-gcp, linux-image-generic-hwe-18.04, linux-image-5.3.0-1022-raspi2, linux-image-5.3.0-1015-kvm, linux-image-lowlatency-hwe-18.04, linux-image-snapdragon, linux-aws, linux-image-lowlatency, linux-image-oracle-edge, linux-image-5.3.0-1019-azure, linux-oracle-5.3, linux-image-azure-edge
  • USN-4324-1: linux-image-4.15.0-1057-gke, linux-image-kvm, linux-image-4.15.0-1060-raspi2, linux-snapdragon, linux-image-oracle-lts-18.04, linux-azure, linux-aws-hwe, linux-raspi2, linux-image-4.15.0-1079-oem, linux-image-oracle, linux-image-aws-hwe, linux-image-aws-lts-18.04, linux-image-gke, linux-image-oem, linux-image-azure, linux-kvm, linux-oracle, linux-gke-4.15, linux-image-aws, linux-image-gcp, linux-image-raspi2, linux-image-4.15.0-1065-aws, linux-image-4.15.0-1037-oracle, linux-gcp, linux-image-4.15.0-1077-azure, linux-image-4.15.0-1058-kvm, linux-image-snapdragon, linux-image-4.15.0-1076-snapdragon, linux-aws, linux-oem, linux-image-gke-4.15, linux-image-4.15.0-1060-gcp, linux-image-azure-edge
  • USN-4325-1: linux-gke-5.0, linux-image-5.0.0-1033-gke, linux-image-oem-osp1, linux-image-gcp, linux-oem-osp1, linux-image-oracle, linux-image-5.0.0-1034-gcp, linux-image-5.0.0-1047-oem-osp1, linux-gcp, linux-azure, linux-image-5.0.0-1014-oracle, linux-image-gke-5.0, linux-oracle-5.0, linux-image-azure, linux-image-5.0.0-1036-azure