Ubuntu 16.04 LTS : linux-hwe vulnerabilities (USN-3508-2) (Dirty COW)
High Nessus Plugin ID 105103
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.
DescriptionUSN-3508-1 fixed vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel for Ubuntu 17.04.
This update provides the corresponding updates for the Linux Hardware Enablement (HWE) kernel from Ubuntu 17.04 for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
Mohamed Ghannam discovered that a use-after-free vulnerability existed in the Netlink subsystem (XFRM) in the Linux kernel. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2017-16939)
It was discovered that the Linux kernel did not properly handle copy-on- write of transparent huge pages. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (application crashes) or possibly gain administrative privileges. (CVE-2017-1000405)
Yonggang Guo discovered that a race condition existed in the driver subsystem in the Linux kernel. A local attacker could use this to possibly gain administrative privileges. (CVE-2017-12146).
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.
SolutionUpdate the affected packages.