Slackware 9.1 / current : Kernel security update (SSA:2004-049-01)

High Nessus Plugin ID 18789


The remote Slackware host is missing a security update.


New kernels are available for Slackware 9.1 and -current to fix a bounds-checking problem in the kernel's mremap() call which could be used by a local attacker to gain root privileges. Please note that this is not the same issue as CAN-2003-0985 which was fixed in early January. The kernels in Slackware 8.1 and 9.0 that were updated in January are not vulnerable to this new issue because the patch from Solar Designer that was used to fix the CAN-2003-0985 bugs also happened to fix the problem that was discovered later. Sites running Slackware 9.1 or -current should upgrade to a new kernel. After installing the new kernel, be sure to run 'lilo'.


Update the affected kernel-ide and / or kernel-source packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 18789

File Name: Slackware_SSA_2004-049-01.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.14 $

Type: local

Published: 2005/07/13

Modified: 2016/04/25

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:kernel-ide, 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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2004/02/18

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2004/02/18

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0077

OSVDB: 3986

SSA: 2004-049-01