Debian DLA-1715-1 : linux-4.9 security update (Spectre)

high Nessus Plugin ID 122879


The remote Debian host is missing a security update.


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


A race condition was discovered in the disk space allocator of F2FS. A user with access to an F2FS volume could use this to cause a denial of service or other security impact.

CVE-2018-1128, CVE-2018-1129

The cephx authentication protocol used by Ceph was susceptible to replay attacks, and calculated signatures incorrectly. These vulnerabilities in the server required changes to authentication that are incompatible with existing clients. The kernel's client code has now been updated to be compatible with the fixed server.

CVE-2018-3639 (SSB)

Multiple researchers have discovered that Speculative Store Bypass (SSB), a feature implemented in many processors, could be used to read sensitive information from another context. In particular, code in a software sandbox may be able to read sensitive information from outside the sandbox. This issue is also known as Spectre variant 4.

This update adds a further mitigation for this issue in the eBPF (Extended Berkeley Packet Filter) implementation.

CVE-2018-5391 (FragmentSmack)

Juha-Matti Tilli discovered a flaw in the way the Linux kernel handled reassembly of fragmented IPv4 and IPv6 packets. A remote attacker can take advantage of this flaw to trigger time and calculation expensive fragment reassembly algorithms by sending specially crafted packets, leading to remote denial of service.

This was previously mitigated by reducing the default limits on memory usage for incomplete fragmented packets. This update replaces that mitigation with a more complete fix.


The wil6210 wifi driver did not properly validate lengths in scan and connection requests, leading to a possible buffer overflow. On systems using this driver, a local user with the CAP_NET_ADMIN capability could use this for denial of service (memory corruption or crash) or potentially for privilege escalation.

CVE-2018-12896, CVE-2018-13053

Team OWL337 reported possible integer overflows in the POSIX timer implementation. These might have some security impact.

CVE-2018-13096, CVE-2018-13097, CVE-2018-13100, CVE-2018-14614, CVE-2018-14616

Wen Xu from SSLab at Gatech reported that crafted F2FS volumes could trigger a crash (BUG, Oops, or division by zero) and/or out-of-bounds memory access. An attacker able to mount such a volume could use this to cause a denial of service or possibly for privilege escalation.


Dr Silvio Cesare of InfoSect reported a potential integer overflow in the uvesafb driver. A user with permission to access such a device might be able to use this for denial of service or privilege escalation.

CVE-2018-14610, CVE-2018-14611, CVE-2018-14612, CVE-2018-14613

Wen Xu from SSLab at Gatech reported that crafted Btrfs volumes could trigger a crash (Oops) and/or out-of-bounds memory access. An attacker able to mount such a volume could use this to cause a denial of service or possibly for privilege escalation.

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.


Vasily Averin and Pavel Tikhomirov from Virtuozzo Kernel Team discovered that the cleancache memory management feature did not invalidate cached data for deleted files. On Xen guests using the tmem driver, local users could potentially read data from other users' deleted files if they were able to create new files on the same volume.


Jann Horn reported that the /proc/*/stack files in procfs leaked sensitive data from the kernel. These files are now only readable by users with the CAP_SYS_ADMIN capability (usually only root)


Jann Horn reported a race condition in the virtual memory manager that can result in a process briefly having access to memory after it is freed and reallocated. A local user could possibly exploit this for denial of service (memory corruption) or for privilege escalation.


Kanda Motohiro reported that XFS did not correctly handle some xattr (extended attribute) writes that require changing the disk format of the xattr. A user with access to an XFS volume could use this for denial of service.


It was discovered that the cdrom driver does not correctly validate the parameter to the CDROM_SELECT_DISC ioctl. A user with access to a cdrom device could use this to read sensitive information from the kernel or to cause a denial of service (crash).


Wei Wu reported a potential crash (Oops) in the KVM implementation for x86 processors. A user with access to /dev/kvm could use this for denial of service.

For Debian 8 'Jessie', these problems have been fixed in version 4.9.144-3.1~deb8u1. This version also includes fixes for Debian bugs #890034, #896911, #907581, #915229, and #915231; and other fixes included in upstream stable updates.

We recommend that you upgrade your linux-4.9 packages.

NOTE: Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the DLA security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Upgrade the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 122879

File Name: debian_DLA-1715.nasl

Version: 1.6

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 3/18/2019

Updated: 1/11/2021

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 5.6

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2018-13406


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 7

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:P/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-compiler-gcc-4.9-arm, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-doc-4.9, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-686, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-686-pae, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-all, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-all-amd64, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-all-armel, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-all-armhf, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-all-i386, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-amd64, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-armmp, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-armmp-lpae, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-common, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-common-rt, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-marvell, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-rt-686-pae, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-rt-amd64, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-image-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-686, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-image-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-686-pae, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-image-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-686-pae-dbg, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-image-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-amd64, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-image-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-amd64-dbg, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-image-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-armmp, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-image-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-armmp-lpae, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-image-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-marvell, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-image-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-rt-686-pae, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-image-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-rt-686-pae-dbg, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-image-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-rt-amd64, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-image-4.9.0-0.bpo.7-rt-amd64-dbg, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-kbuild-4.9, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-manual-4.9, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-perf-4.9, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-source-4.9, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-support-4.9.0-0.bpo.7, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:8.0

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: 3/15/2019

Vulnerability Publication Date: 3/26/2018

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-18249, CVE-2018-1128, CVE-2018-1129, CVE-2018-12896, CVE-2018-13053, CVE-2018-13096, CVE-2018-13097, CVE-2018-13100, CVE-2018-13406, CVE-2018-14610, CVE-2018-14611, CVE-2018-14612, CVE-2018-14613, CVE-2018-14614, CVE-2018-14616, CVE-2018-15471, CVE-2018-16862, CVE-2018-17972, CVE-2018-18281, CVE-2018-18690, CVE-2018-18710, CVE-2018-19407, CVE-2018-3639, CVE-2018-5391, CVE-2018-5848, CVE-2018-6554