Ubuntu 14.04 LTS : linux-lts-vivid vulnerability (USN-2857-2)
High Nessus Plugin ID 87758
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.
DescriptionNathan Williams discovered that overlayfs in the Linux kernel incorrectly handled setattr operations. A local unprivileged attacker could use this to create files with administrative permission attributes and execute arbitrary code with elevated privileges.
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SolutionUpdate the affected linux-image-3.19-generic, linux-image-3.19-generic-lpae and / or linux-image-3.19-lowlatency packages.