Canonical Has Patched Various Kernel Vulnerabilities in All The Supported Ubuntu OSes

Canonical published an impressive number of security notices alerting Ubuntu users that there are new kernel updates for every single supported Ubuntu OS and users are adviced to update their systems as soon as possible

That’s right, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), Raspberry Pi 2’s Ubuntu 15.10 and all official derivatives; Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Studio, Kubuntu, Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu MATE ad others, all received kernel updates on the 10th of June.

Although many of the security problems addressed by the ernel update are common to all the Ubuntu OSes named above, some recevied more patches than others. Take for example, the ten kernel vulnerabilities for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, the twelve for Ubuntu 15.10 and Ubuntu 15.10 for Raspberry Pi 2, the sixteen for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and the single one for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS which Canonical has now patched.

The list of new kernel versions available in the main repositories right now are:

  • the linux-image-4.4.0-24 (4.4.0-24.43) for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS,
  • the linux-image-4.2.0-38 (4.2.0-38.45) for Ubuntu 15.10,
  • the linux-image-4.2.0-1031-raspi2 4.2.0-1031.41 for Ubuntu 15.10 for Raspberry Pi 2,
  • the linux-image-3.13.0-88 (3.13.0-88.135) for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and
  • the linux-image-3.2.0-104 (3.2.0-104.145) for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS, 14.04.2 LTS, 14.04.3 LTS, and 14.04.4 LTS have also received kernel updates and all you need do to update is use your referred package manager to update.

Using the simplest method, open Unity Dash, search for Software Updater and run the application. You will have to wait for it to find all the available updates before you click the “Install All” button to install them after which you will have to restart your PC.

Congratulations Ubuntu lovers, we now have better kernels.

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