Debian DSA-4313-1 : linux - security update

high Nessus Plugin ID 118023
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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, denial of service or information leaks.

- CVE-2018-15471 (XSA-270) Felix Wilhelm of Google Project Zero discovered a flaw in the hash handling of the xen-netback Linux kernel module. A malicious or buggy frontend may cause the (usually privileged) backend to make out of bounds memory accesses, potentially resulting in privilege escalation, denial of service, or information leaks.

- CVE-2018-18021 It was discovered that the KVM subsystem on the arm64 platform does not properly handle the KVM_SET_ON_REG ioctl. An attacker who can create KVM based virtual machines can take advantage of this flaw for denial of service (hypervisor panic) or privilege escalation (arbitrarily redirect the hypervisor flow of control with full register control).


Upgrade the linux packages.

For the stable distribution (stretch), these problems have been fixed in version 4.9.110-3+deb9u6.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 118023

File Name: debian_DSA-4313.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 10/10/2018

Updated: 7/15/2019

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.8

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


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

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

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Patch Publication Date: 10/8/2018

Vulnerability Publication Date: 8/17/2018

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2018-15471, CVE-2018-18021

DSA: 4313