Ubuntu 4.10 : linux-source-2.6.8.1 vulnerabilities (USN-110-1)

Ubuntu Security Notice (C) 2005-2013 Canonical, Inc. / NASL script (C) 2006-2013 Tenable Network Security, Inc.


Synopsis :

The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.

Description :

Alexander Nyberg discovered an integer overflow in the
sysfs_write_file() function. A local attacker could exploit this to
crash the kernel or possibly even execute arbitrary code with root
privileges by writing to an user-writable file in /sys under certain
low-memory conditions. However, there are very few cases where a
user-writeable sysfs file actually exists. (CAN-2005-0867)

Olof Johansson discovered a Denial of Service vulnerability in the
futex functions, which provide semaphores for exclusive locking of
resources. A local attacker could possibly exploit this to cause a
kernel deadlock. (CAN-2005-0937)

In addition this update fixes two race conditions in the ext3 and jfs
file system drivers, which could lead to a kernel crash under certain
(unusual) conditions. However, these cannot easily be triggered by
users, thus they are not security sensitive.
(http://linux.bkbits.net:8080/linux-2.5/gnupatch@4248d87aETPJX79hVXl4o
wAUwu2SmQ, http://linux.bkbits.net:8080/linux-2.6/cset@1.2181.46.242)

Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

High / CVSS Base Score : 7.2
(CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

Family: Ubuntu Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 20497 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2005-0867
CVE-2005-0937