Ubuntu 14.04 LTS : linux vulnerabilities (USN-2544-1)
High Nessus Plugin ID 82071
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.
DescriptionEric Windisch discovered flaw in how the Linux kernel's XFS file system replaces remote attributes. A local access with access to an XFS file system could exploit this flaw to escalate their privileges.
A flaw was discovered in the automatic loading of modules in the crypto subsystem of the Linux kernel. A local user could exploit this flaw to load installed kernel modules, increasing the attack surface and potentially using this to gain administrative privileges.
The Linux kernel's splice system call did not correctly validate its parameters. A local, unprivileged user could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (system crash). (CVE-2014-7822)
A flaw was discovered in the crypto subsystem when screening module names for automatic module loading if the name contained a valid crypto module name, eg. vfat(aes). A local user could exploit this flaw to load installed kernel modules, increasing the attack surface and potentially using this to gain administrative privileges.
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SolutionUpdate the affected linux-image-3.13-generic, linux-image-3.13-generic-lpae and / or linux-image-3.13-lowlatency packages.