Debian DSA-4196-1 : linux - security update

high Nessus Plugin ID 109658


The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


Several vulnerabilities have been discovered in the Linux kernel that may lead to a privilege escalation or denial of service.

- CVE-2018-1087 Andy Lutomirski discovered that the KVM implementation did not properly handle #DB exceptions while deferred by MOV SS/POP SS, allowing an unprivileged KVM guest user to crash the guest or potentially escalate their privileges.

- CVE-2018-8897 Nick Peterson of Everdox Tech LLC discovered that #DB exceptions that are deferred by MOV SS or POP SS are not properly handled, allowing an unprivileged user to crash the kernel and cause a denial of service.


Upgrade the linux packages.

For the oldstable distribution (jessie), these problems have been fixed in version 3.16.56-1+deb8u1. This update includes various fixes for regressions from 3.16.56-1 as released in DSA-4187-1 (Cf. #897427, #898067 and #898100).

For the stable distribution (stretch), these problems have been fixed in version 4.9.88-1+deb9u1. The fix for CVE-2018-1108 applied in DSA-4188-1 is temporarily reverted due to various regression, cf.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 109658

File Name: debian_DSA-4196.nasl

Version: 1.10

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 5/10/2018

Updated: 7/15/2019

Supported Sensors: Agentless Assessment, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Critical

Score: 9.6


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 6.3

Vector: AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: E:H/RL:OF/RC:C


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 7.5

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: E:H/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:8.0, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:9.0

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Debian/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 5/8/2018

Vulnerability Publication Date: 5/8/2018

Exploitable With

Metasploit (Microsoft Windows POP/MOV SS Local Privilege Elevation Vulnerability)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2018-1087, CVE-2018-8897

DSA: 4196