Update Your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Now To Get Rid Of These 8 Linux Kernel Vulnerabilities

Canonical is marking another major development with their new release as they fix 8 major Linux kernel vulnerabilities, having been spotted and reported by various developers from all over the world.


This recent patch has been labeled Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3070 and it covers the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS release , all the Ubuntu flavors and all Ubuntu derivatives.

The Canonical advisory mentions the Linux kernel update as a patch to fix as many as eight vulnerabilities which were spotted in the upstream Linux 4.4 LTS kernel branch.

Below are the 8 major flaws spotted in the Linux kernel:

  1. A race condition in the MIC VOP driver
  2. Missing permissions check when setting ACLs
  3. Information leak in Reliable Datagram Sockets (RDS) implementation
  4. Head based buffer overflow in USB HID driver
  5. Flaw in TCP implementation’s handling of challenge acks
  6. On PowerPC devices, kernel mishandled transactional memory state on exec()
  7. Problem in the airspy USB device driver
  8. OverlayFS implementation didn’t verify dentry state before unlinking and renaming

What Are You Still Waiting For?

Canonical advises that users update their systems immediately. They even went as far as sharing update instructions and correct package versions on their advisory page. So grab the updated Ubuntu package directly from Ubuntu site or via your Terminal not just so you can be safe from the above mentioned vulnerabilities but also to ensure better performance.

— Via Ubuntu Security Notice

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