Slackware 9.1 / current : Kernel security update (SSA:2003-336-01)

High Nessus Plugin ID 18743


The remote Slackware host is missing a security update.


New kernels are available for Slackware 9.1 and -current. These have been upgraded to Linux kernel version 2.4.23, which fixes a bug in the kernel's do_brk() function that could be exploited to gain root privileges. These updated kernels and modules should be installed by any sites running a 2.4 kernel earlier than 2.4.23. Linux 2.0 and 2.2 kernels are not vulnerable.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 18743

File Name: Slackware_SSA_2003-336-01.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Published: 2005/07/13

Modified: 2013/06/01

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:slackware:slackware_linux:alsa-driver, p-cpe:/a:slackware:slackware_linux:alsa-driver-xfs, p-cpe:/a:slackware:slackware_linux:alsa-lib, p-cpe:/a:slackware:slackware_linux:alsa-oss, p-cpe:/a:slackware:slackware_linux:alsa-utils, p-cpe:/a:slackware:slackware_linux:kernel-headers, p-cpe:/a:slackware:slackware_linux:kernel-ide, p-cpe:/a:slackware:slackware_linux:kernel-modules, p-cpe:/a:slackware:slackware_linux:kernel-modules-xfs, p-cpe:/a:slackware:slackware_linux:kernel-source, cpe:/o:slackware:slackware_linux, cpe:/o:slackware:slackware_linux:9.1

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Slackware/release, Host/Slackware/packages

Patch Publication Date: 2003/12/02

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2003-0961

SSA: 2003-336-01