Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : kernel (MDKSA-2005:022)

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 16259


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


A number of vulnerabilities are fixed in the 2.4 and 2.6 kernels with this advisory :

- Multiple race conditions in the terminal layer of 2.4 and 2.6 kernels (prior to 2.6.9) can allow a local attacker to obtain portions of kernel data or allow remote attackers to cause a kernel panic by switching from console to PPP line discipline, then quickly sending data that is received during the switch (CVE-2004-0814)

- Richard Hart found an integer underflow problem in the iptables firewall logging rules that can allow a remote attacker to crash the machine by using a specially crafted IP packet. This is only possible, however, if firewalling is enabled. The problem only affects 2.6 kernels and was fixed upstream in 2.6.8 (CVE-2004-0816)

- Stefan Esser found several remote DoS confitions in the smbfs file system. This could be exploited by a hostile SMB server (or an attacker injecting packets into the network) to crash the client systems (CVE-2004-0883 and CVE-2004-0949)

- Paul Starzetz and Georgi Guninski reported, independently, that bad argument handling and bad integer arithmetics in the IPv4 sendmsg handling of control messages could lead to a local attacker crashing the machine. The fixes were done by Herbert Xu (CVE-2004-1016)

- Rob Landley discovered a race condition in the handling of /proc/.../cmdline where, under rare circumstances, a user could read the environment variables of another process that was still spawning leading to the potential disclosure of sensitive information such as passwords (CVE-2004-1058)

- Paul Starzetz reported that the missing serialization in unix_dgram_recvmsg() which was added to kernel 2.4.28 can be used by a local attacker to gain elevated (root) privileges (CVE-2004-1068)

- Ross Kendall Axe discovered a possible kernel panic (DoS) while sending AF_UNIX network packets if certain SELinux-related kernel options were enabled. By default the CONFIG_SECURITY_NETWORK and CONFIG_SECURITY_SELINUX options are not enabled (CVE-2004-1069)

- Paul Starzetz of discovered several issues with the error handling of the ELF loader routines in the kernel. The fixes were provided by Chris Wright (CVE-2004-1070, CVE-2004-1071, CVE-2004-1072, CVE-2004-1073)

- It was discovered that hand-crafted a.out binaries could be used to trigger a local DoS condition in both the 2.4 and 2.6 kernels. The fixes were done by Chris Wright (CVE-2004-1074)

- Paul Starzetz found bad handling in the IGMP code which could lead to a local attacker being able to crash the machine. The fix was done by Chris Wright (CVE-2004-1137)

- Jeremy Fitzhardinge discovered two buffer overflows in the sys32_ni_syscall() and sys32_vm86_warning() functions that could be used to overwrite kernel memory with attacker-supplied code resulting in privilege escalation (CVE-2004-1151)

- Paul Starzetz found locally exploitable flaws in the binary format loader's uselib() function that could be abused to allow a local user to obtain root privileges (CVE-2004-1235)

- Paul Starzetz found an exploitable flaw in the page fault handler when running on SMP machines (CVE-2005-0001)

- A vulnerability in insert_vm_struct could allow a locla user to trigger BUG() when the user created a large vma that overlapped with arg pages during exec (CVE-2005-0003)

- Paul Starzetz also found a number of vulnerabilities in the kernel binfmt_elf loader that could lead a local user to obtain elevated (root) privileges (isec-0017-binfmt_elf)

The provided packages are patched to fix these vulnerabilities. All users are encouraged to upgrade to these updated kernels.

To update your kernel, please follow the directions located at :

PLEASE NOTE: Mandrakelinux 10.0 users will need to upgrade to the latest module-init-tools package prior to upgrading their kernel.
Likewise, MNF8.2 users will need to upgrade to the latest modutils package prior to upgrading their kernel.


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 16259

File Name: mandrake_MDKSA-2005-022.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.17 $

Type: local

Published: 2005/01/26

Modified: 2016/01/14

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: 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-, 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-enterprise-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-enterprise-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-i586-up-1GB-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-i586-up-1GB-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-i686-up-4GB-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-i686-up-4GB-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-i686-up-4GB-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-i686-up-64GB-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-p3-smp-64GB-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-p3-smp-64GB-, 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-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-smp-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-source, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-source-2.4, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-source-2.6, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-source-stripped, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-source-stripped-2.6, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:module-init-tools, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:10.0, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:10.1, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:9.2

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2005/01/25

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0814, CVE-2004-0816, CVE-2004-0883, CVE-2004-0949, CVE-2004-1016, CVE-2004-1057, CVE-2004-1058, CVE-2004-1068, CVE-2004-1069, CVE-2004-1070, CVE-2004-1071, CVE-2004-1072, CVE-2004-1073, CVE-2004-1074, CVE-2004-1137, CVE-2004-1151, CVE-2004-1191, CVE-2004-1235, CVE-2005-0001, CVE-2005-0003

MDKSA: 2005:022