Ubuntu 14.10 : linux vulnerabilities (USN-2448-1)

Ubuntu Security Notice (C) 2014-2016 Canonical, Inc. / NASL script (C) 2014-2016 Tenable Network Security, Inc.


Synopsis :

The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related
patches.

Description :

An information leak in the Linux kernel was discovered that could leak
the high 16 bits of the kernel stack address on 32-bit Kernel Virtual
Machine (KVM) paravirt guests. A user in the guest OS could exploit
this leak to obtain information that could potentially be used to aid
in attacking the kernel. (CVE-2014-8134)

Rabin Vincent, Robert Swiecki, Russell King discovered that the ftrace
subsystem of the Linux kernel does not properly handle private syscall
numbers. A local user could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of
service (OOPS). (CVE-2014-7826)

A flaw in the handling of malformed ASCONF chunks by SCTP (Stream
Control Transmission Protocol) implementation in the Linux kernel was
discovered. A remote attacker could exploit this flaw to cause a
denial of service (system crash). (CVE-2014-3673)

A flaw in the handling of duplicate ASCONF chunks by SCTP (Stream
Control Transmission Protocol) implementation in the Linux kernel was
discovered. A remote attacker could exploit this flaw to cause a
denial of service (panic). (CVE-2014-3687)

It was discovered that excessive queuing by SCTP (Stream Control
Transmission Protocol) implementation in the Linux kernel can cause
memory pressure. A remote attacker could exploit this flaw to cause a
denial of service. (CVE-2014-3688)

Rabin Vincent, Robert Swiecki, Russell Kinglaw discovered a flaw in
how the perf subsystem of the Linux kernel handles private systecall
numbers. A local user could exploit this to cause a denial of service
(OOPS) or bypass ASLR protections via a crafted application.
(CVE-2014-7825)

Andy Lutomirski discovered a flaw in how the Linux kernel handles
pivot_root when used with a chroot directory. A local user could
exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (mount-tree loop).
(CVE-2014-7970)

Dmitry Monakhov discovered a race condition in the
ext4_file_write_iter function of the Linux kernel's ext4 filesystem. A
local user could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (file
unavailability). (CVE-2014-8086)

The KVM (kernel virtual machine) subsystem of the Linux kernel
miscalculates the number of memory pages during the handling of a
mapping failure. A guest OS user could exploit this to cause a denial
of service (host OS page unpinning) or possibly have unspecified other
impact by leveraging guest OS privileges. (CVE-2014-8369)

Andy Lutomirski discovered that the Linux kernel does not properly
handle faults associated with the Stack Segment (SS) register on the
x86 architecture. A local attacker could exploit this flaw to cause a
denial of service (panic). (CVE-2014-9090).

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding
description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable
has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible
without introducing additional issues.

Solution :

Update the affected linux-image-3.16-generic,
linux-image-3.16-generic-lpae and / or linux-image-3.16-lowlatency
packages.

Risk factor :

High / CVSS Base Score : 7.8
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C)
CVSS Temporal Score : 5.8
(CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C)
Public Exploit Available : false

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