Ubuntu 16.10 : linux vulnerabilities (USN-3170-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 96443


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


Dmitry Vyukov discovered that the KVM implementation in the Linux kernel did not properly initialize the Code Segment (CS) in certain error cases. A local attacker could use this to expose sensitive information (kernel memory). (CVE-2016-9756)

Andrey Konovalov discovered that signed integer overflows existed in the setsockopt() system call when handling the SO_SNDBUFFORCE and SO_RCVBUFFORCE options. A local attacker with the CAP_NET_ADMIN capability could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash or memory corruption). (CVE-2016-9793).

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: 96443

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3170-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.4 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2017/01/12

Modified: 2017/09/08

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 6

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:OF/RC:ND


Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 7.2

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:F/RL:O/RC:X

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-4.8-generic, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-4.8-generic-lpae, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-4.8-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, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.10

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2017/01/11

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-9756, CVE-2016-9793

OSVDB: 148132, 148409

USN: 3170-1