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USN-3276-2: shadow regression

USN-3276-2: shadow regression




Canonical Ubuntu

Versions Affected

  • Canonical Ubuntu 14.04


USN-3276-1 intended to fix a vulnerability in su. The solution introduced a regression in su signal handling. This update modifies the security fix. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Original advisory details:

Sebastian Krahmer discovered integer overflows in shadow utilities. A local attacker could possibly cause them to crash or potentially gain privileges via crafted input. (CVE-2016-6252)

Tobias Stöckmann discovered a race condition in su. A local attacker could cause su to send SIGKILL to other processes with root privileges. (CVE-2017-2616)

Affected Cloud Foundry Products and Versions

Severity is medium unless otherwise noted.

  • Cloud Foundry BOSH stemcells are vulnerable, including:
    • 3263.x versions prior to 3263.26
    • 3312.x versions prior to 3312.26
    • 3363.x versions prior to 3363.24
    • All other stemcells not listed.
  • All versions of Cloud Foundry cflinuxfs2 prior to 1.121.0


OSS users are strongly encouraged to follow one of the mitigations below:

  • The Cloud Foundry project recommends upgrading the following BOSH stemcells:
    • Upgrade 3263.x versions to 3263.26 or later
    • Upgrade 3312.x versions to 3312.26 or later
    • Upgrade 3363.x versions to 3363.24 or later
    • All other stemcells should be upgraded to the latest version.
  • The Cloud Foundry project recommends that Cloud Foundry deployments run with cflinuxfs2 version 1.121.0 or later.


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