Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : kernel (MDKSA-2004:001)

High Nessus Plugin ID 14101


The remote Mandrake Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


A flaw in bounds checking in mremap() in the Linux kernel versions 2.4.23 and previous was discovered by Paul Starzetz. This flaw may be used to allow a local attacker to obtain root privilege.

Another minor information leak in the RTC (real time clock) routines was fixed as well.

All Mandrake Linux users are encouraged to upgrade to these packages immediately. To update your kernel, please follow the directions located at :

Mandrake Linux 9.1 and 9.2 users should upgrade the initscripts (9.1) and bootloader-utils (9.2) packages prior to upgrading the kernel as they contain a fixed installkernel script that fixes instances where the loop module was not being loaded and would cause mkinitrd to fail.

Users requiring commercial NVIDIA drivers can find drivers for Mandrake Linux 9.2 at MandrakeClub.


Update the affected packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 14101

File Name: mandrake_MDKSA-2004-001.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.16 $

Type: local

Published: 2004/07/31

Modified: 2013/05/31

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:bootloader-utils, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:initscripts, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-enterprise-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-enterprise-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-enterprise-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-i686-up-4GB-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-p3-smp-64GB-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-secure-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-secure-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-secure-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-secure-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-smp-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-smp-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-smp-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-smp-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-source, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:9.0, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:9.1, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:9.2

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/cpu, Host/Mandrake/release, Host/Mandrake/rpm-list

Patch Publication Date: 2004/01/07

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2003-0984, CVE-2003-0985

MDKSA: 2004:001