Ubuntu 2978-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities

    Date16 May 2016
    Posted ByLinuxSecurity Advisories
    Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.
    Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2978-1
    May 16, 2016
    linux vulnerabilities
    A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:
    - Ubuntu 15.10
    Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.
    Software Description:
    - linux: Linux kernel
    David Matlack discovered that the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM)
    implementation in the Linux kernel did not properly restrict variable
    Memory Type Range Registers (MTRR) in KVM guests. A privileged user in a
    guest VM could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash) in the
    host, expose sensitive information from the host, or possibly gain
    administrative privileges in the host. (CVE-2016-3713)
    Philip Pettersson discovered that the Linux kernel's ASN.1 DER decoder did
    not properly process certificate files with tags of indefinite length. A
    local unprivileged attacker could use this to cause a denial of service
    (system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code with administrative
    privileges. (CVE-2016-0758)
    Update instructions:
    The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following
    package versions:
    Ubuntu 15.10:
      linux-image-4.2.0-36-generic    4.2.0-36.42
      linux-image-4.2.0-36-generic-lpae  4.2.0-36.42
      linux-image-4.2.0-36-lowlatency  4.2.0-36.42
      linux-image-4.2.0-36-powerpc-e500mc  4.2.0-36.42
      linux-image-4.2.0-36-powerpc-smp  4.2.0-36.42
      linux-image-4.2.0-36-powerpc64-emb  4.2.0-36.42
      linux-image-4.2.0-36-powerpc64-smp  4.2.0-36.42
    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.
      CVE-2016-0758, CVE-2016-3713
    Package Information:

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