Ubuntu 14.04 LTS : linux regression (USN-2643-2)

High Nessus Plugin ID 84318


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


The 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.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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.

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.


Update the affected linux-image-3.13-generic, linux-image-3.13-generic-lpae and / or linux-image-3.13-lowlatency packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 84318

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2643-2.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.9 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/06/22

Modified: 2016/12/12

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 6

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:OF/RC:ND


Base Score: 7.8

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-3.13-generic, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-3.13-generic-lpae, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-3.13-lowlatency, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2015/06/21

Exploitable With


Core Impact

Metasploit (Overlayfs Privilege Escalation)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-1328

OSVDB: 123598

USN: 2643-2