Executive Summary

Summary
Title Linux kernel (HWE) vulnerabilities
Informations
NameUSN-3836-2First vendor Publication2018-12-04
VendorUbuntuLast vendor Modification2018-12-04
Severity (Vendor) N/ARevisionN/A

Security-Database Scoring CVSS v2

Cvss vector : (AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N)
Cvss Base Score2.1Attack RangeLocal
Cvss Impact Score2.9Attack ComplexityLow
Cvss Expoit Score3.9AuthenticationNone Required
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Detail

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

- Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Summary:

Several security issues were fixed in the Linux kernel.

Software Description: - linux-gcp: Linux kernel for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) systems - linux-hwe: Linux hardware enablement (HWE) kernel

Details:

USN-3836-1 fixed vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. This update provides the corresponding updates for the Linux Hardware Enablement (HWE) kernel from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Jann Horn discovered that the Linux kernel mishandles mapping UID or GID ranges inside nested user namespaces in some situations. A local attacker could use this to bypass access controls on resources outside the namespace. (CVE-2018-18955)

Philipp Wendler discovered that the overlayfs implementation in the Linux kernel did not properly verify the directory contents permissions from within a unprivileged user namespace. A local attacker could use this to expose sensitive information (protected file names). (CVE-2018-6559)

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS:
linux-image-4.15.0-1025-gcp 4.15.0-1025.26~16.04.1
linux-image-4.15.0-42-generic 4.15.0-42.45~16.04.1
linux-image-4.15.0-42-generic-lpae 4.15.0-42.45~16.04.1
linux-image-4.15.0-42-lowlatency 4.15.0-42.45~16.04.1
linux-image-gcp 4.15.0.1025.39
linux-image-generic-hwe-16.04 4.15.0.42.63
linux-image-generic-lpae-hwe-16.04 4.15.0.42.63
linux-image-gke 4.15.0.1025.39
linux-image-lowlatency-hwe-16.04 4.15.0.42.63
linux-image-oem 4.15.0.42.63

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://usn.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-3836-2
https://usn.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-3836-1
CVE-2018-18955, CVE-2018-6559

Package Information:
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux-gcp/4.15.0-1025.26~16.04.1
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux-hwe/4.15.0-42.45~16.04.1

Original Source

Url : http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-3836-2

CWE : Common Weakness Enumeration

%idName
100 %CWE-200Information Exposure

CPE : Common Platform Enumeration

TypeDescriptionCount
Os3
Os1

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DateInformations
2018-12-07 00:21:24
  • Multiple Updates
2018-12-04 09:18:51
  • First insertion