linux-image packages need to Breaks flash-kernel << 3.90ubuntu2

Bug #1766629 reported by Adam Conrad on 2018-04-24
This bug affects 1 person
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linux (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Due to the fact that we are no longer guaranteed to produce an initrd from our postinst, flash-kernel can fail on upgrade when it attempts to operate (incorrectly, because it's not smart) on the wrong kernel, and fails to find the initrd we've not yet made.

This is worked around in flash-kernel 3.90ubuntu2, but all linux-image packages need to Breaks on << that version to ensure upgrade ordering.

This should only apply to kernels which build on arm64 or armhf.

CVE References

This bug is missing log files that will aid in diagnosing the problem. While running an Ubuntu kernel (not a mainline or third-party kernel) please enter the following command in a terminal window:

apport-collect 1766629

and then change the status of the bug to 'Confirmed'.

If, due to the nature of the issue you have encountered, you are unable to run this command, please add a comment stating that fact and change the bug status to 'Confirmed'.

This change has been made by an automated script, maintained by the Ubuntu Kernel Team.

Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Andy Whitcroft (apw) on 2018-04-24
Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Critical
description: updated
tags: added: kernel-key
Andy Whitcroft (apw) on 2018-04-24
summary: - linux-image packages need to Break flash-kernel << 3.90ubuntu2
+ linux-image packages need to Breaks flash-kernel << 3.90ubuntu2
Changed in linux (Ubuntu Bionic):
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
Brad Figg (brad-figg) wrote :

This bug is awaiting verification that the kernel in -proposed solves the problem. Please test the kernel and update this bug with the results. If the problem is solved, change the tag 'verification-needed-bionic' to 'verification-done-bionic'. If the problem still exists, change the tag 'verification-needed-bionic' to 'verification-failed-bionic'.

If verification is not done by 5 working days from today, this fix will be dropped from the source code, and this bug will be closed.

See for documentation how to enable and use -proposed. Thank you!

tags: added: verification-needed-bionic
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package linux - 4.15.0-22.24

linux (4.15.0-22.24) bionic; urgency=medium

  * CVE-2018-3639 (powerpc)
    - powerpc/64s: Add support for a store forwarding barrier at kernel entry/exit
    - stf-barrier: set eieio instruction bit 6 for future optimisations

  * CVE-2018-3639 (x86)
    - x86/nospec: Simplify alternative_msr_write()
    - x86/bugs: Concentrate bug detection into a separate function
    - x86/bugs: Concentrate bug reporting into a separate function
    - x86/bugs: Read SPEC_CTRL MSR during boot and re-use reserved bits
    - x86/bugs, KVM: Support the combination of guest and host IBRS
    - x86/bugs: Expose /sys/../spec_store_bypass
    - x86/cpufeatures: Add X86_FEATURE_RDS
    - x86/bugs: Provide boot parameters for the spec_store_bypass_disable
    - x86/bugs/intel: Set proper CPU features and setup RDS
    - x86/bugs: Whitelist allowed SPEC_CTRL MSR values
    - x86/bugs/AMD: Add support to disable RDS on Fam[15,16,17]h if requested
    - x86/KVM/VMX: Expose SPEC_CTRL Bit(2) to the guest
    - x86/speculation: Create spec-ctrl.h to avoid include hell
    - prctl: Add speculation control prctls
    - x86/process: Allow runtime control of Speculative Store Bypass
    - x86/speculation: Add prctl for Speculative Store Bypass mitigation
    - nospec: Allow getting/setting on non-current task
    - proc: Provide details on speculation flaw mitigations
    - seccomp: Enable speculation flaw mitigations
    - x86/bugs: Make boot modes __ro_after_init
    - prctl: Add force disable speculation
    - seccomp: Use PR_SPEC_FORCE_DISABLE
    - seccomp: Add filter flag to opt-out of SSB mitigation
    - seccomp: Move speculation migitation control to arch code
    - x86/speculation: Make "seccomp" the default mode for Speculative Store
    - x86/bugs: Rename _RDS to _SSBD
    - proc: Use underscores for SSBD in 'status'
    - Documentation/spec_ctrl: Do some minor cleanups
    - x86/bugs: Fix __ssb_select_mitigation() return type
    - x86/bugs: Make cpu_show_common() static

  * LSM Stacking prctl values should be redefined as to not collide with
    upstream prctls (LP: #1769263) // CVE-2018-3639
    - SAUCE: LSM stacking: adjust prctl values

linux (4.15.0-21.22) bionic; urgency=medium

  * linux: 4.15.0-21.22 -proposed tracker (LP: #1767397)

  * initramfs-tools exception during pm.DoInstall with do-release-upgrade from
    16.04 to 18.04 (LP: #1766727)
    - Add linux-image-* Breaks on s390-tools (<< 2.3.0-0ubuntu3)

  * linux-image-4.15.0-20-generic install after upgrade from xenial breaks
    (LP: #1767133)
    - Packaging: Depends on linux-base that provides the necessary tools

  * linux-image packages need to Breaks flash-kernel << 3.90ubuntu2
    (LP: #1766629)
    - linux-image-* breaks on flash-kernel (<< 3.90ubuntu2)

 -- Stefan Bader <email address hidden> Tue, 15 May 2018 07:41:28 +0200

Changed in linux (Ubuntu Bionic):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Andy Whitcroft (apw) on 2019-02-14
tags: added: kernel-fixup-verification-needed-bionic
removed: verification-needed-bionic
Andy Whitcroft (apw) wrote :

This bug was erroneously marked for verification in bionic; verification is not required and verification-needed-bionic is being removed.

tags: added: verification-done-bionic
Brad Figg (brad-figg) on 2019-07-24
tags: added: cscc
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