Ubuntu 14.04 LTS : linux vulnerabilities (USN-2946-1)

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 90400


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


Venkatesh Pottem discovered a use-after-free vulnerability in the Linux kernel's CXGB3 driver. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code.

Xiaofei Rex Guo discovered a timing side channel vulnerability in the Linux Extended Verification Module (EVM). An attacker could use this to affect system integrity. (CVE-2016-2085)

David Herrmann discovered that the Linux kernel incorrectly accounted file descriptors to the original opener for in-flight file descriptors sent over a unix domain socket. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (resource exhaustion). (CVE-2016-2550)

It was discovered that the Linux kernel did not enforce limits on the amount of data allocated to buffer pipes. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (resource exhaustion).

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: Critical

ID: 90400

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2946-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.7 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/04/07

Modified: 2016/12/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 7.4

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

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


Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 8.5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

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: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2016/04/06

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-8812, CVE-2016-2085, CVE-2016-2550, CVE-2016-2847

OSVDB: 134512, 134764, 134898, 135194

USN: 2946-1