Ubuntu 12.04 LTS : linux regression (USN-2640-2)
High Nessus Plugin ID 84316
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.
DescriptionThe Fix for CVE-2015-1328 introduced a regression into the Linux kernel's overlayfs file system. The removal of a directory that only exists on the lower layer results in a kernel panic.
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Philip Pettersson discovered a privilege escalation when using overlayfs mounts inside of user namespaces. A local user could exploit this flaw to gain administrative privileges on the system.
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SolutionUpdate the affected packages.