Ubuntu 14.04 LTS : linux vulnerabilities (USN-3127-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 94731


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


It was discovered that the compression handling code in the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) subsystem in the Linux kernel did not properly check for an integer overflow. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash). (CVE-2014-9904)

Kirill A. Shutemov discovered that memory manager in the Linux kernel did not properly handle anonymous pages. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service or possibly gain administrative privileges. (CVE-2015-3288)

Vitaly Kuznetsov discovered that the Linux kernel did not properly suppress hugetlbfs support in X86 paravirtualized guests. An attacker in the guest OS could cause a denial of service (guest system crash).

Ondrej Kozina discovered that the keyring interface in the Linux kernel contained a buffer overflow when displaying timeout events via the /proc/keys interface. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash). (CVE-2016-7042).

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 packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 94731

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3127-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.3 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/11/11

Modified: 2016/12/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 5.3

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

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


Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.8

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/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, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-generic, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-generic-lpae, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-lowlatency, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-virtual, 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: 2016/11/11

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-9904, CVE-2015-3288, CVE-2016-3961, CVE-2016-7042

OSVDB: 137140, 140680, 142044, 145585

USN: 3127-1