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USN-4486-1: Linux kernel vulnerability

2 September 2020

The Linux kernel could be made to crash if it mounted a malicious XFS file system.




Wen Xu discovered that the XFS filesystem implementation in the Linux
kernel did not properly validate meta-data information. An attacker could
use this to construct a malicious xfs image that, when mounted, could cause
a denial of service (system crash).

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-3752-2: linux-image-4.15.0-33-generic, linux-image-unsigned-4.15.0-33-generic, linux-hwe, linux-image-4.15.0-33-lowlatency, linux-image-unsigned-4.15.0-33-lowlatency, linux-image-4.15.0-33-generic-lpae
  • USN-3752-1: linux-image-4.15.0-33-generic, linux-image-4.15.0-33-snapdragon, linux-image-unsigned-4.15.0-33-generic, linux, linux-image-unsigned-4.15.0-1018-gcp, linux-raspi2, linux-image-4.15.0-1021-raspi2, linux-image-4.15.0-33-lowlatency, linux-image-unsigned-4.15.0-33-lowlatency, linux-image-4.15.0-33-generic-lpae, linux-image-4.15.0-1020-aws, linux-gcp, linux-image-4.15.0-1020-kvm, linux-kvm, linux-aws
  • USN-3752-3: linux-image-unsigned-4.15.0-1022-azure, linux-azure, linux-image-unsigned-4.15.0-1018-gcp, linux-gcp, linux-image-unsigned-4.15.0-1017-oem, linux-oem
  • USN-3754-1: linux-image-3.13.0-157-lowlatency, linux, linux-image-3.13.0-157-generic, linux-image-3.13.0-157-powerpc-smp, linux-image-3.13.0-157-powerpc64-smp, linux-image-extra-3.13.0-157-generic, linux-image-3.13.0-157-powerpc-e500mc, linux-image-3.13.0-157-powerpc64-emb, linux-image-3.13.0-157-generic-lpae, linux-image-3.13.0-157-powerpc-e500