Low Nessus Plugin ID 13833
SynopsisThe remote host is missing a vendor-supplied security patch
DescriptionThe remote host is missing the patch for the advisory SuSE-SA:2004:017 (kernel).
The Linux kernel is vulnerable to a local denial-of-service attack.
By using a C program it is possible to trigger a floating point exception that puts the kernel into an unusable state.
To execute this attack a malicious user needs shell access to the victim's machine.
The severity of this bug is considered low because local denial-of- service attacks are hard to prevent in general.
Additionally the bug is limited to x86 and x86_64 architecture.