After a simple apt-get update & apt-get upgrade, next time I booted Ubuntu 16.04LTS it was stuck on a login loop, not allowing me to enter the system normally. Searching on Google I found out that many people have had the same problem. I then tried almost everything that was suggested (except for some extremely risky ones which would not work anyway), but nothing fixed the problem for me.

In desperation I tried one thing that ended up working well, and I want to share my solution with you. First, at boot time (on that initial Grub boot selection screen), I chose the previous kernel to boot with. It booted normally, and I could now login to the system again. Then I went to http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline and from the list found the latest Kernel available (it was v4.15.10 at this time), then downloaded these files:

linux-headers-4.15.10-041510_4.15.10-041510.201803152130_all.deb
linux-headers-4.15.10-041510-generic_4.15.10-041510.201803152130_amd64.deb
linux-image-4.15.10-041510-generic_4.15.10-041510.201803152130_amd64.deb

Note that those were two linux-headers (all and amd64, as I’m using 64bit Linux), plus the linux-image, all for the same 4.15.10 Kernel version. You may prefer to choose the low-latency Kernel but they’re really meant for some specific use cases of Linux, so I went with the standard generic one.

After getting the three files, I installed all them at once by typing inside their download directory:

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

Then rebooted. I don’t really know what exactly caused the login problem, or if what I did will solve that for everyone, but for me that fixed the login problem and I also ended up with the latest stable Kernel, while keeping my system intact. I don’t recommend blindly following most crazy suggestions you find out there (uninstalling parts of the system or installing more and more random packages). I believe that upgrading the Kernel was straightforward, did not add or remove any packages, and was safe because if it did not work, I could simply select another older Kernel at boot, and try something else again.

Good luck.