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Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3523-1
Posted Jan 10, 2018
Authored by Ubuntu | Site security.ubuntu.com

Ubuntu Security Notice 3523-1 - Jann Horn discovered that microprocessors utilizing speculative execution and indirect branch prediction may allow unauthorized memory reads via sidechannel attacks. This flaw is known as Meltdown. A local attacker could use this to expose sensitive information, including kernel memory. Jann Horn discovered that the Berkeley Packet Filter implementation in the Linux kernel did not properly check the relationship between pointer values and the BPF stack. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service or possibly execute arbitrary code. Various other issues were also addressed.

tags | advisory, denial of service, arbitrary, kernel, local
systems | linux, ubuntu
advisories | CVE-2017-16995, CVE-2017-17862, CVE-2017-17863, CVE-2017-17864, CVE-2017-5754
MD5 | a70e4f6712a9f397feb49e6273bf2ee5

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3523-1

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Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3523-1
January 09, 2018

linux vulnerabilities
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A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

- Ubuntu 17.10

Summary:

Several security issues were fixed in the Linux kernel.

Software Description:
- linux: Linux kernel

Details:

Jann Horn discovered that microprocessors utilizing speculative execution
and indirect branch prediction may allow unauthorized memory reads via
sidechannel attacks. This flaw is known as Meltdown. A local attacker could
use this to expose sensitive information, including kernel memory.
(CVE-2017-5754)

Jann Horn discovered that the Berkeley Packet Filter (BPF) implementation
in the Linux kernel did not properly check the relationship between pointer
values and the BPF stack. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial
of service (system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code.
(CVE-2017-17863)

Jann Horn discovered that the Berkeley Packet Filter (BPF) implementation
in the Linux kernel improperly performed sign extension in some situations.
A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash)
or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2017-16995)

Alexei Starovoitov discovered that the Berkeley Packet Filter (BPF)
implementation in the Linux kernel contained a branch-pruning logic issue
around unreachable code. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial
of service. (CVE-2017-17862)

Jann Horn discovered that the Berkeley Packet Filter (BPF) implementation
in the Linux kernel mishandled pointer data values in some situations. A
local attacker could use this to to expose sensitive information (kernel
memory). (CVE-2017-17864)

Update instructions:

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following
package versions:

Ubuntu 17.10:
linux-image-4.13.0-25-generic 4.13.0-25.29
linux-image-4.13.0-25-lowlatency 4.13.0-25.29
linux-image-generic 4.13.0.25.26
linux-image-lowlatency 4.13.0.25.26

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.

References:
https://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-3523-1
CVE-2017-16995, CVE-2017-17862, CVE-2017-17863, CVE-2017-17864,
CVE-2017-5754

Package Information:
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/4.13.0-25.29


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