Canonical Releases New Kernel Live Patch for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS

Canonical has released a new Linux kernel live patch for the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system series to fix an important security vulnerability.

The new Linux kernel live patch is here to address just a single security vulnerability, namely a buffer overflow (CVE-2019-14835) discovered by security researcher Peter Pi in Linux kernel’s virtio network backend (vhost_net) implementation, which could lead to DoS attacks.

“Peter Pi discovered a buffer overflow in the virtio network backend (vhost_net) implementation in the Linux kernel. An attacker in a guest may be able to use this to cause a denial of service (host OS crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code in the host OS,” reads the <a href="https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2019-September/0051… (read more)

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