Ubuntu 4.10 : linux-source-188.8.131.52 vulnerabilities (USN-60-0)
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 20679
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.
Paul Starzetz discovered a race condition in the Linux page fault handler code. This allowed an unprivileged user to gain root privileges on multiprocessor machines under some circumstances. This also affects the Hyper-Threading mode on Pentium 4 processors.
Brad Spengler discovered that some device drivers used copy_from_user() (a function to copy data from userspace tools into kernel memory) with insufficient input validation. This potentially allowed users and/or malicious hardware to overwrite kernel memory which could result in a crash (Denial of Service) or even root privilege escalation.
Additionally, this update corrects the SMB file system driver.
USN-30-1 fixed some vulnerabilities in this driver (see CAN-2004-0883, CAN-2004-0949). However, it was found that these new validation checks were too strict, which cause some valid operations to fail.
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SolutionUpdate the affected packages.