[USN-3594-1] Linux kernel vulnerability

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[USN-3594-1] Linux kernel vulnerability

Steve Beattie
Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3594-1
March 09, 2018

linux vulnerability

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

- Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


The system could be made to expose sensitive information.

Software Description:
- linux: Linux kernel


USN-3542-1 mitigated CVE-2017-5715 (Spectre Variant 2) for the
amd64 architecture in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. This update provides the
compiler-based retpoline kernel mitigation for the amd64 and i386
architectures. Original advisory details:

 Jann Horn discovered that microprocessors utilizing speculative execution
 and branch prediction may allow unauthorized memory reads via sidechannel
 attacks. This flaw is known as Spectre. A local attacker could use this to
 expose sensitive information, including kernel memory. (CVE-2017-5715)

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
  linux-image-3.13.0-143-generic  3.13.0-143.192
  linux-image-3.13.0-143-generic-lpae  3.13.0-143.192
  linux-image-3.13.0-143-lowlatency  3.13.0-143.192

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.

  CVE-2017-5715, https://usn.ubuntu.com/3542-1/

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