Ubuntu 14.04 LTS : linux-lts-vivid vulnerabilities (USN-2778-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 86492


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


It was discovered that the Linux kernel did not check if a new IPv6 MTU set by a user space application was valid. A remote attacker could forge a route advertisement with an invalid MTU that a user space daemon like NetworkManager would honor and apply to the kernel, causing a denial of service. (CVE-2015-0272)

It was discovered that virtio networking in the Linux kernel did not handle fragments correctly, leading to kernel memory corruption. A remote attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly execute code with administrative privileges.

It was discovered that the Reliable Datagram Sockets (RDS) implementation in the Linux kernel did not verify sockets were properly bound before attempting to send a message, which could cause a NULL pointer dereference. An attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash). (CVE-2015-6937)

Ben Hutchings discovered that the Advanced Union Filesystem (aufs) for the Linux kernel did not correctly handle references of memory mapped files from an aufs mount. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code with administrative privileges. (CVE-2015-7312).

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-3.19-generic, linux-image-3.19-generic-lpae and / or linux-image-3.19-lowlatency packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 86492

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2778-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.4 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/10/21

Modified: 2016/10/26

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 5.8

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-3.19-generic, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-3.19-generic-lpae, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-3.19-lowlatency, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2015/10/20

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-0272, CVE-2015-5156, CVE-2015-6937, CVE-2015-7312

OSVDB: 125846, 127415, 127518, 127759

USN: 2778-1