[USN-894-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities

By | 2010/02/04

The following security announcement applies to linux-image. If you have linux-image installed, please see below for details on the vulnerability and instructions on patching your system:

ATTENTION: Due to an unavoidable ABI change (except for Ubuntu 6.06)
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. If you use linux-restricted-modules, you have to
update that package as well to get modules which work with the new kernel
version. Unless you manually uninstalled the standard kernel metapackages
(e.g. linux-generic, linux-server, linux-powerpc), a standard system
upgrade will automatically perform this as well.

Details follow:

Amerigo Wang and Eric Sesterhenn discovered that the HFS and ext4
filesystems did not correctly check certain disk structures. If a user
were tricked into mounting a specially crafted filesystem, a remote
attacker could crash the system or gain root privileges. (CVE-2009-4020,
CVE-2009-4308)

It was discovered that FUSE did not correctly check certain requests.
A local attacker with access to FUSE mounts could exploit this to
crash the system or possibly gain root privileges.  Ubuntu 9.10 was not
affected. (CVE-2009-4021)

It was discovered that KVM did not correctly decode certain guest
instructions.  A local attacker in a guest could exploit this to
trigger high scheduling latency in the host, leading to a denial of
service.  Ubuntu 6.06 was not affected. (CVE-2009-4031)

It was discovered that the OHCI fireware driver did not correctly
handle certain ioctls.  A local attacker could exploit this to crash
the system, or possibly gain root privileges.  Ubuntu 6.06 was not
affected. (CVE-2009-4138)

Tavis Ormandy discovered that the kernel did not correctly handle
O_ASYNC on locked files.  A local attacker could exploit this to gain
root privileges.  Only Ubuntu 9.04 and 9.10 were affected. (CVE-2009-4141)

Neil Horman and Eugene Teo discovered that the e1000 and e1000e
network drivers did not correctly check the size of Ethernet frames.
An attacker on the local network could send specially crafted traffic
to bypass packet filters, crash the system, or possibly gain root
privileges. (CVE-2009-4536, CVE-2009-4538)

It was discovered that “print-fatal-signals” reporting could show
arbitrary kernel memory contents.  A local attacker could exploit
this, leading to a loss of privacy.  By default this is disabled in
Ubuntu and did not affect Ubuntu 6.06. (CVE-2010-0003)

Olli Jarva and Tuomo Untinen discovered that IPv6 did not correctly
handle jumbo frames.  A remote attacker could exploit this to crash the
system, leading to a denial of service.  Only Ubuntu 9.04 and 9.10 were
affected. (CVE-2010-0006)

Florian Westphal discovered that bridging netfilter rules could be
modified by unprivileged users.  A local attacker could disrupt network
traffic, leading to a denial of service. (CVE-2010-0007)

Al Viro discovered that certain mremap operations could leak kernel
memory.  A local attacker could exploit this to consume all available
memory, leading to a denial of service. (CVE-2010-0291)

The above security vulnerabilities apply to the following Ubuntu releases:

  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 8.10
  • Ubuntu 9.04
  • Ubuntu 9.10

If you are have this utility installed on your Ubuntu system you’ll need to apply the security update to be protected. Please follow the steps below to ensure your system is properly patched:

Apply Updates

To apply the updates run the following command(s) within your Terminal:

sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude safe-upgrade

After a standard system upgrade you need to reboot your computer to effect the necessary changes.

One thought on “[USN-894-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities

  1. Chris

    Hey Christer,

    Chris here from the Snow College Open Source Club. I don’t know how I never noticed this site on your emails to the Utah group but I have seen it and notice how useful it is for users of many levels. Your thoughtful beginner articles are great.

    I’ll present on the site at the next Open Source Club meeting at Snow — we meet first and third Thursdays in Humanities 144 at 6:00 pm.

    We’re doing our small bit.

    Thanks for the site!

    — Chris

    Reply

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