Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : kernel (MDKSA-2005:110)

High Nessus Plugin ID 18598


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


Multiple vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel have been discovered and fixed in this update. The following CVE names have been fixed in the LE2005 kernel :

Colin Percival discovered a vulnerability in Intel's Hyper-Threading technology could allow a local user to use a malicious thread to create covert channels, monitor the execution of other threads, and obtain sensitive information such as cryptographic keys via a timing attack on memory cache misses. This has been corrected by disabling HT support in all kernels (CVE-2005-0109).

An information leak in the ext2 filesystem code in kernels prior to was found where when a new directory is created, the ext2 block written to disk is not initialized (CVE-2005-0400).

A flaw when freeing a pointer in load_elf_library was found in kernels prior to that could be abused by a local user to potentially crash the machine causing a Denial of Service (CVE-2005-0749).

A problem with the Bluetooth kernel stack in kernels 2.4.6 through 2.4.30-rc1 and 2.6 through could be used by a local attacker to gain root access or crash the machine (CVE-2005-0750).

Paul Starzetz found an integer overflow in the ELF binary format loader's code dump function in kernels prior to and including 2.4.31-pre1 and 2.6.12-rc4. By creating and executing a specially crafted ELF executable, a local attacker could exploit this to execute arbitrary code with root and kernel privileges (CVE-2005-1263).

The drivers for raw devices used the wrong function to pass arguments to the underlying block device in 2.6.x kernels. This made the kernel address space accessible to user-space applications allowing any local user with at least read access to a device in /dev/raw/* (usually only root) to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges (CVE-2005-1264).

The it87 and via686a hardware monitor drivers in kernels prior to and 2.6.12 prior to 2.6.12-rc2 created a sysfs file named 'alarms' with write permissions although they are not designed to be writable. This allowed a local user to crash the kernel by attempting to write to these files (CVE-2005-1369).

In addition to the above-noted CVE-2005-0109, CVE-2005-0400, CVE-2005-0749, CVE-2005-0750, and CVE-2005-1369 fixes, the following CVE names have been fixed in the 10.1 kernel :

The POSIX Capability Linux Security Module (LSM) for 2.6 kernels up to and including did not properly handle the credentials of a process that is launched before the module is loaded, which could be used by local attackers to gain elevated privileges (CVE-2004-1337).

A flaw in the Linux PPP driver in kernel was found where on systems allowing remote users to connect to a server via PPP, a remote client could cause a crash, resulting in a Denial of Service (CVE-2005-0384).

George Guninski discovered a buffer overflow in the ATM driver in kernels 2.6.10 and 2.6.11 before 2.6.11-rc4 where the atm_get_addr() function does not validate its arguments sufficiently which could allow a local attacker to overwrite large portions of kernel memory by supplying a negative length argument. This could potentially lead to the execution of arbitrary code (CVE-2005-0531).

The reiserfs_copy_from_user_to_file_region function in reiserfs/file.c before kernel 2.6.11, when running on 64-bit architectures, could allow local users to trigger a buffer overflow as a result of casting discrepancies between size_t and int data types. This could allow an attacker to overwrite kernel memory, crash the machine, or potentially obtain root access (CVE-2005-0532).

A race condition in the Radeon DRI driver in kernel allows a local user with DRI privileges to execute arbitrary code as root (CVE-2005-0767).

Access was not restricted to the N_MOUSE discipline for a TTY in kernels prior to 2.6.11. This could allow local attackers to obtain elevated privileges by injecting mouse or keyboard events into other user's sessions (CVE-2005-0839).

Some futex functions in futex.c in 2.6 kernels performed get_user calls while holding the mmap_sem semaphore, which could allow a local attacker to cause a deadlock condition in do_page_fault by triggering get_user faults while another thread is executing mmap or other functions (CVE-2005-0937).

In addition to the above-noted CVE-2004-1337, CVE-2005-0109, CVE-2005-0384, CVE-2005-0400, CVE-2005-0531, CVE-2005-0532, CVE-2005-0749, CVE-2005-0750, CVE-2005-0767, CVE-2005-0839, CVE-2005-0937, CVE-2005-1263, CVE-2005-1264, and CVE-2005-1369 fixes, the following CVE names have been fixed in the 10.0/ Corporate 3.0 kernels :

A race condition in the setsid function in kernels before could allow a local attacker to cause a Denial of Service and possibly access portions of kernel memory related to TTY changes, locking, and semaphores (CVE-2005-0178).

When forwarding fragmented packets in kernel, a hardware assisted checksum could only be used once which could lead to a Denial of Service attack or crash by remote users (CVE-2005-0209).

A signedness error in the copy_from_read_buf function in n_tty.c before kernel 2.6.11 allows local users to read kernel memory via a negative argument (CVE-2005-0530).

A vulnerability in the fib_seq_start() function allowed a local user to crash the system by readiung /proc/net/route in a certain way, causing a Denial of Service (CVE-2005-1041).

A vulnerability in the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) driver in the 2.6 kernel does not properly check the DMA lock, which could allow remote attackers or local users to cause a Denial of Service (X Server crash) and possibly modify the video output (CVE-2004-1056).


Update the affected packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 18598

File Name: mandrake_MDKSA-2005-110.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.22 $

Type: local

Published: 2005/07/01

Modified: 2016/11/29

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.8

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/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-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-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-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-2.6, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-source-stripped, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-source-stripped-2.6, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-xbox-, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:10.0, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:10.1, x-cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:le2005

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

Patch Publication Date: 2005/06/30

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-1056, CVE-2004-1337, CVE-2005-0109, CVE-2005-0178, CVE-2005-0209, CVE-2005-0384, CVE-2005-0400, CVE-2005-0530, CVE-2005-0531, CVE-2005-0532, CVE-2005-0749, CVE-2005-0750, CVE-2005-0767, CVE-2005-0839, CVE-2005-0937, CVE-2005-1041, CVE-2005-1263, CVE-2005-1264, CVE-2005-1369, CVE-2006-3634

MDKSA: 2005:110

CWE: 20