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USN-4451-2: ppp vulnerability

6 August 2020

ppp could be made to load arbitrary kernel modules and possibly run programs.

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Releases

Packages

  • ppp - Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP)

Details

USN-4451-1 fixed a vulnerability in ppp. This update provides
the corresponding update for Ubuntu 12.04 ESM and Ubuntu 14.04 ESM.

Original advisory details:

Thomas Chauchefoin working with Trend Micro┬┤s Zero Day Initiative,
discovered that ppp incorrectly handled module loading. A local attacker
could use this issue to load arbitrary kernel modules and possibly execute
arbitrary code.

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Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04
Ubuntu 12.04

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.

References

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