ESB-2018.0706 - [Ubuntu] kernel: Access privileged data - Existing account 2018-03-12

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                    Spectre patch for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
                               12 March 2018


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           kernel
Publisher:         Ubuntu
Operating System:  Ubuntu
Platform:          amd64
Impact/Access:     Access Privileged Data -- Existing Account
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2017-5715  

Reference:         ESB-2018.0233

Original Bulletin:

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USN-3594-1: Linux kernel vulnerability

9 March 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

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
    linux-image-generic -
    linux-image-generic-lpae -
    linux-image-lowlatency -

To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://

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

c 2017 Canonical Ltd. Ubuntu and Canonical are registered trademarks of
Canonical Ltd.

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