USN-2840-2: Linux kernel (OMAP4) vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2840-2

17th December, 2015

linux-ti-omap4 vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its
derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Summary

The system could be made to crash under certain conditions.

Software description

  • linux-ti-omap4
    – Linux kernel for OMAP4

Details

Dmitry Vyukov discovered that the Linux kernel's keyring handler attempted
to garbage collect incompletely instantiated keys. A local unprivileged
attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash).

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:
linux-image-3.2.0-1475-omap4

3.2.0-1475.97

To update your system, please follow these instructions:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

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. 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.

References

CVE-2015-7872

Source: ubuntu-usn

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