Important Kernel Update for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Patches 39 Security Vulnerabilities
After releasing a major kernel update for the Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system series on both 64/32-bit and Raspberry Pi 2 devices, Canonical released an important kernel update for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) systems.
The new kernel update published earlier this week addresses a total of 39 security vulnerabilities for the long-term supported Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system series and its official derivatives, including Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Kylin, and Ubuntu Studio.
The most severe vulnerabilities fixed in this new kernel update affected Linux kernel’s USB over IP implementation, allowing remote attackers to either crash the vulnerable system or cause excessive memory consumption through denial of service (DoS attacks). More information about the fixed issues can be found in the security advisory.