Ubuntu 12.04 LTS : linux-lts-trusty vulnerabilities (USN-2687-1)
High Nessus Plugin ID 85075
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.
DescriptionAndy Lutomirski discovered a flaw in the Linux kernel's handling of nested NMIs (non-maskable interrupts). An unprivileged local user could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (system crash) or potentially escalate their privileges. (CVE-2015-3290)
Colin King discovered a flaw in the add_key function of the Linux kernel's keyring subsystem. A local user could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (memory exhaustion). (CVE-2015-1333)
Andy Lutomirski discovered a flaw that allows user to cause the Linux kernel to ignore some NMIs (non-maskable interrupts). A local unprivileged user could exploit this flaw to potentially cause the system to miss important NMIs resulting in unspecified effects.
Andy Lutomirski and Petr Matousek discovered that an NMI (non-maskable interrupt) that interrupts userspace and encounters an IRET fault is incorrectly handled by the Linux kernel. An unprivileged local user could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (kernel OOPs), corruption, or potentially escalate privileges on the system.
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SolutionUpdate the affected linux-image-3.13-generic and / or linux-image-3.13-generic-lpae packages.