High Nessus Plugin ID 13791
SynopsisThe remote host is missing a vendor-supplied security patch
DescriptionThe remote host is missing the patch for the advisory SUSE-SA:2003:021 (kernel).
The Linux kernel has a security flaw in all versions used on SUSE products excluding the upcoming SUSE LINUX 8.2 distribution. The flaw is known as ptrace/modprobe bug: The local attacker can use ptrace and attach to a modprobe process that is spawned if the user triggers the loading of a kernel module using the kmod kernel module subsystem.
This can be done by asking for network protocols that are supplied by kernel modules which are not loaded (yet). The vulnerability allows the attacker to execute arbitrary commands as root.