Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3208-2
22nd February, 2017
A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its
- Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.
– Linux hardware enablement kernel from Xenial for Trusty
USN-3208-1 fixed vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel for Ubuntu 16.04
LTS. This update provides the corresponding updates for the Linux
Hardware Enablement (HWE) kernel from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS for Ubuntu
It was discovered that the generic SCSI block layer in the Linux kernel did
not properly restrict write operations in certain situations. A local
attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash) or
possibly gain administrative privileges. (CVE-2016-10088)
CAI Qian discovered that the sysctl implementation in the Linux kernel did
not properly perform reference counting in some situations. An unprivileged
attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system hang).
Jim Mattson discovered that the KVM implementation in the Linux kernel
mismanages the #BP and #OF exceptions. A local attacker in a guest virtual
machine could use this to cause a denial of service (guest OS crash).
Andy Lutomirski and Willy Tarreau discovered that the KVM implementation in
the Linux kernel did not properly emulate instructions on the SS segment
register. A local attacker in a guest virtual machine could use this to
cause a denial of service (guest OS crash) or possibly gain administrative
privileges in the guest OS. (CVE-2017-2583)
Dmitry Vyukov discovered that the KVM implementation in the Linux kernel
improperly emulated certain instructions. A local attacker could use this
to obtain sensitive information (kernel memory). (CVE-2017-2584)
It was discovered that the KLSI KL5KUSB105 serial-to-USB device driver in
the Linux kernel did not properly initialize memory related to logging. A
local attacker could use this to expose sensitive information (kernel
Andrey Konovalov discovered a use-after-free vulnerability in the DCCP
implementation in the Linux kernel. A local attacker could use this to
cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly gain administrative
The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following
- Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
To update your system, please follow these instructions:
After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make
all the necessary changes.
ATTENTION: Due to an unavoidable ABI change the kernel updates have
been given a new version number, which requires you to recompile and
reinstall all third party kernel modules you might have installed.
Unless you manually uninstalled the standard kernel metapackages
(e.g. linux-generic, linux-generic-lts-RELEASE, linux-virtual,
linux-powerpc), a standard system upgrade will automatically perform
this as well.
Source From: ubuntu.com.
Original article title: USN-3208-2: Linux kernel (Xenial HWE) vulnerabilities.
This full article can be read at: USN-3208-2: Linux kernel (Xenial HWE) vulnerabilities.