Can someone help me to fix issue with "Segmentation fault (core dumped)" on Ubuntu 16.04. Whatever program I am trying to install (e.g. Aptana Studio 3; liclipse_4.0.0) I get this error when running executable file:

Segmentation fault (core dumped)

I've read about this error on Internet and answers says that "A segmentation fault is almost always due to a bug in the program where it occurs". I found it most unlikely that all programs I am trying to install have a bug. It must be something wrong with my system.

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    Can you give us an example of a program you are trying to install, and how you are doing it? Jun 23, 2017 at 19:50
  • It is a bug, but you need to tell us what you did or what program you are doing to get that error. See stackoverflow.com/questions/2346806/… or similar.
    – Panther
    Jun 23, 2017 at 19:52
  • I've tired to install: Aptana Studio 3. liclipse_4.0.0. On both I got the same error when trying to run executable file.
    – zwornik
    Jun 23, 2017 at 20:05
  • Each time when I reboot I got this error messages popping out: "System program problem detected". 3 windows with this message pops out. Looks like its one window per program that I've installed, and which is not able to start up. Moreover I am loosing Internet connection from time to time without any reason. I thought it is Internet provider's fault, but I am able to re-connect when I reboot. Also other person using the same router in my flat does not have network issues at the time I loose connection. Seems like my system is messed up.
    – zwornik
    Jun 23, 2017 at 20:37
  • Possible duplicate of Eclipse Crashes with Linux Kernel 4.4.0-81-generic Jun 26, 2017 at 20:48

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The problem is in linux kernel - linux-image-3.13.0-121-generic (in Trusty) and linux-image-4.4.0-81-generic (in Xenial) contains a fix for the Stack Clash vulnerability.

Be careful with kernel updates, which fix this vulnerability. Current patch breaks many java (sun/oracle and openjdk) applications. See Bug #1699772: linux-image-4.4.0-81-generic, linux-image-3.13.0-121-generic Regression: many user-space apps crashing. The solution is to temporary reboot system with old kernel (linux-image-3.13.0-119-generic in Trusty / linux-image-4.4.0-79-generic in Xenial).

Ubuntu kernel developers will prepare new patch in a few days.

UPDATE: Latest updates (at least image-4.4.0-83-generic, linux-image-4.8.0-58-generic, linux-image-4.10.0-26-generic) fix this vulnerability and problems with user-space programs.

  • How do I install "linux-image-3.13.0-121-generic"? On: launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/3.13.0-121.170 I see 3 files: "linux_3.13.0.orig.tar.gz", "linux_3.13.0-121.170.diff.gz", "linux_3.13.0-121.170.dsc". Which one should I install? My current kernel version is: "4.4.0-81-generic #104-Ubuntu SMP Wed Jun 14 08:15:00 UTC 2017 i686 i686 i686 GNU/Linux".
    – zwornik
    Jun 24, 2017 at 17:09
  • Description: Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Release: 16.04 Codename: xenial
    – zwornik
    Jun 24, 2017 at 17:17
  • On 16.04 you should try sudo apt-get purge linux-image-4.4.0-81-generic linux-image-extra-4.4.0-81-generic and sudo apt-get install linux-image-4.4.0-79-generic linux-image-extra-4.4.0-79-generic. Then reboot with 79 kernel.
    – N0rbert
    Jun 24, 2017 at 17:29
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    I did as advised. Rebooted and now I am able to lunch all applications previously unavailable. Many thanks for help. I was about to re-install system but saw you answer - just on time :) Pity I cannot vote for your answer.
    – zwornik
    Jun 24, 2017 at 18:42
  • @zwornik. Nice to hear! Do not forget to install linux-image-generic after some weeks. But if you are using home PC you can stay on 79 kernel as long as you want. It's very unlikely, that your PC may be hacked.
    – N0rbert
    Jun 24, 2017 at 19:12

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