[USN-3525-1] Linux kernel vulnerability

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[USN-3525-1] Linux kernel vulnerability

Steve Beattie
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Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3525-1
January 10, 2018

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

- Ubuntu 12.04 ESM

Summary:

The system could be made to expose sensitive information.

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.

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 12.04 ESM:
  linux-image-3.2.0-132-generic   3.2.0-132.178
  linux-image-3.2.0-132-generic-pae  3.2.0-132.178
  linux-image-generic             3.2.0.132.146
  linux-image-generic-pae         3.2.0.132.146

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-3525-1
  CVE-2017-5754


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