Debian DLA-1823-1 : linux security update (SACK Panic) (SACK Slowness)

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VPR Score: 6.9


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.

CVE-2019-3846, CVE-2019-10126

huangwen reported multiple buffer overflows in the Marvell wifi (mwifiex) driver, which a local user could use to cause denial of service or the execution of arbitrary code.


Daniel Gruss, Erik Kraft, Trishita Tiwari, Michael Schwarz, Ari Trachtenberg, Jason Hennessey, Alex Ionescu, and Anders Fogh discovered that local users could use the mincore() system call to obtain sensitive information from other processes that access the same memory-mapped file.


Jonathan Looney reported that a specially crafted sequence of TCP selective acknowledgements (SACKs) allows a remotely triggerable kernel panic.


Jonathan Looney reported that a specially crafted sequence of TCP selective acknowledgements (SACKs) will fragment the TCP retransmission queue, allowing an attacker to cause excessive resource usage.


Jonathan Looney reported that an attacker could force the Linux kernel to segment its responses into multiple TCP segments, each of which contains only 8 bytes of data, drastically increasing the bandwidth required to deliver the same amount of data.

This update introduces a new sysctl value to control the minimal MSS (net.ipv4.tcp_min_snd_mss), which by default uses the formerly hard- coded value of 48. We recommend raising this to 512 unless you know that your network requires a lower value. (This value applies to Linux 3.16 only.)


It was discovered that the megaraid_sas driver did not correctly handle a failed memory allocation during initialisation, which could lead to a double-free. This might have some security impact, but it cannot be triggered by an unprivileged user.


It was discovered that the ext4 filesystem implementation writes uninitialised data from kernel memory to new extent blocks. A local user able to write to an ext4 filesystem and then read the filesystem image, for example using a removable drive, might be able to use this to obtain sensitive information.


It was discovered that the Bluetooth HIDP implementation did not ensure that new connection names were null-terminated. A local user with CAP_NET_ADMIN capability might be able to use this to obtain sensitive information from the kernel stack.

For Debian 8 'Jessie', these problems have been fixed in version 3.16.68-2. Packages for PC architectures (amd64 and i386) are already available, and packages for Arm architectures (armel and armhf) will be available soon.

We recommend that you upgrade your linux 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.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 125958

File Name: debian_DLA-1823.nasl

Version: 1.6

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 6/18/2019

Updated: 1/11/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

VPR Score: 6.9

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2019-3846

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 8.3

Temporal Score: 6.1

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

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

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 8.8

Temporal Score: 7.7

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-compiler-gcc-4.8-arm, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-compiler-gcc-4.8-x86, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-compiler-gcc-4.9-x86, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-doc-3.16, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-3.16.0-9-586, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-3.16.0-9-686-pae, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-3.16.0-9-all, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-3.16.0-9-all-amd64, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-3.16.0-9-all-armel, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-3.16.0-9-all-armhf, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-3.16.0-9-all-i386, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-3.16.0-9-amd64, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-3.16.0-9-armmp, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-3.16.0-9-armmp-lpae, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-3.16.0-9-common, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-3.16.0-9-ixp4xx, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-3.16.0-9-kirkwood, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-3.16.0-9-orion5x, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-headers-3.16.0-9-versatile, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-image-3.16.0-9-586, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-image-3.16.0-9-686-pae, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-image-3.16.0-9-686-pae-dbg, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-image-3.16.0-9-amd64, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-image-3.16.0-9-amd64-dbg, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-image-3.16.0-9-armmp, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-image-3.16.0-9-armmp-lpae, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-image-3.16.0-9-ixp4xx, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-image-3.16.0-9-kirkwood, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-image-3.16.0-9-orion5x, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-image-3.16.0-9-versatile, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-libc-dev, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-manual-3.16, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-source-3.16, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-support-3.16.0-9, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:xen-linux-system-3.16.0-9-amd64, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:8.0

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 6/17/2019

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/7/2019

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2019-10126, CVE-2019-11477, CVE-2019-11478, CVE-2019-11479, CVE-2019-11810, CVE-2019-11833, CVE-2019-11884, CVE-2019-3846, CVE-2019-5489