Ubuntu 4185-3: Linux kernel vulnerability and regression

    Date13 Nov 2019
    CategoryUbuntu
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    Posted ByLinuxSecurity Advisories
    Several issues were fixed in the Linux kernel.
    ==========================================================================
    Ubuntu Security Notice USN-4185-3
    November 13, 2019
    
    linux, linux-hwe, linux-oem vulnerability and regression
    ==========================================================================
    
    A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:
    
    - Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
    - Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
    
    Summary:
    
    Several issues were fixed in the Linux kernel.
    
    Software Description:
    - linux: Linux kernel
    - linux-oem: Linux kernel for OEM processors
    - linux-hwe: Linux hardware enablement (HWE) kernel
    
    Details:
    
    USN-4185-1 fixed vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel. It was discovered
    that the kernel fix for CVE-2019-0155 (i915 missing Blitter Command
    Streamer check) was incomplete on 64-bit Intel x86 systems. Also, the
    update introduced a regression that broke KVM guests where extended
    page tables (EPT) are disabled or not supported. This update addresses
    both issues.
    
    We apologize for the inconvenience.
    
    Original advisory details:
    
     Stephan van Schaik, Alyssa Milburn, Sebastian Österlund, Pietro Frigo,
     Kaveh Razavi, Herbert Bos, Cristiano Giuffrida, Giorgi Maisuradze, Moritz
     Lipp, Michael Schwarz, Daniel Gruss, and Jo Van Bulck discovered that Intel
     processors using Transactional Synchronization Extensions (TSX) could
     expose memory contents previously stored in microarchitectural buffers to a
     malicious process that is executing on the same CPU core. A local attacker
     could use this to expose sensitive information. (CVE-2019-11135)
    
     It was discovered that the Intel i915 graphics chipsets allowed userspace
     to modify page table entries via writes to MMIO from the Blitter Command
     Streamer and expose kernel memory information. A local attacker could use
     this to expose sensitive information or possibly elevate privileges.
     (CVE-2019-0155)
    
     Deepak Gupta discovered that on certain Intel processors, the Linux kernel
     did not properly perform invalidation on page table updates by virtual
     guest operating systems. A local attacker in a guest VM could use this to
     cause a denial of service (host system crash). (CVE-2018-12207)
    
     It was discovered that the Intel i915 graphics chipsets could cause a
     system hang when userspace performed a read from GT memory mapped input
     output (MMIO) when the product is in certain low power states. A local
     attacker could use this to cause a denial of service. (CVE-2019-0154)
    
     Hui Peng discovered that the Atheros AR6004 USB Wi-Fi device driver for the
     Linux kernel did not properly validate endpoint descriptors returned by the
     device. A physically proximate attacker could use this to cause a denial of
     service (system crash). (CVE-2019-15098)
    
     Ori Nimron discovered that the AX25 network protocol implementation in the
     Linux kernel did not properly perform permissions checks. A local attacker
     could use this to create a raw socket. (CVE-2019-17052)
    
     Ori Nimron discovered that the IEEE 802.15.4 Low-Rate Wireless network
     protocol implementation in the Linux kernel did not properly perform
     permissions checks. A local attacker could use this to create a raw socket.
     (CVE-2019-17053)
    
     Ori Nimron discovered that the Appletalk network protocol implementation in
     the Linux kernel did not properly perform permissions checks. A local
     attacker could use this to create a raw socket. (CVE-2019-17054)
    
     Ori Nimron discovered that the modular ISDN network protocol implementation
     in the Linux kernel did not properly perform permissions checks. A local
     attacker could use this to create a raw socket. (CVE-2019-17055)
    
     Ori Nimron discovered that the Near field Communication (NFC) network
     protocol implementation in the Linux kernel did not properly perform
     permissions checks. A local attacker could use this to create a raw socket.
     (CVE-2019-17056)
    
     Nico Waisman discovered that a buffer overflow existed in the Realtek Wi-Fi
     driver for the Linux kernel when handling Notice of Absence frames. A
     physically proximate attacker could use this to cause a denial of service
     (system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2019-17666)
    
    Update instructions:
    
    The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following
    package versions:
    
    Ubuntu 18.04 LTS:
      linux-image-4.15.0-1064-oem     4.15.0-1064.73
      linux-image-4.15.0-70-generic   4.15.0-70.79
      linux-image-4.15.0-70-generic-lpae  4.15.0-70.79
      linux-image-4.15.0-70-lowlatency  4.15.0-70.79
      linux-image-generic             4.15.0.70.72
      linux-image-generic-lpae        4.15.0.70.72
      linux-image-lowlatency          4.15.0.70.72
      linux-image-oem                 4.15.0.1064.68
      linux-image-virtual             4.15.0.70.72
    
    Ubuntu 16.04 LTS:
      linux-image-4.15.0-70-generic   4.15.0-70.79~16.04.1
      linux-image-4.15.0-70-generic-lpae  4.15.0-70.79~16.04.1
      linux-image-4.15.0-70-lowlatency  4.15.0-70.79~16.04.1
      linux-image-generic-hwe-16.04   4.15.0.70.90
      linux-image-generic-lpae-hwe-16.04  4.15.0.70.90
      linux-image-lowlatency-hwe-16.04  4.15.0.70.90
      linux-image-oem                 4.15.0.70.90
      linux-image-virtual-hwe-16.04   4.15.0.70.90
    
    Please note that mitigating the TSX (CVE-2019-11135) and i915
    (CVE-2019-0154) issues requires corresponding microcode and graphics
    firmware updates respectively.
    
    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:
      https://usn.ubuntu.com/4185-3
      https://usn.ubuntu.com/4185-1
      CVE-2019-0155,
      https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1851709,
      https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1852141
    
    Package Information:
      https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/4.15.0-70.79
      https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux-oem/4.15.0-1064.73
      https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux-hwe/4.15.0-70.79~16.04.1
    
    
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