Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : kernel (MDKSA-2006:040)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 20939


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


A number of vulnerabilities were discovered and corrected in the Linux 2.6 kernel :

The udp_v6_get_port function in udp.c, when running IPv6, allows local users to cause a Denial of Service (infinite loop and crash) (CVE-2005-2973).

The mq_open system call in certain situations can decrement a counter twice as a result of multiple calls to the mntput function when the dentry_open function call fails, allowing a local user to cause a DoS (panic) via unspecified attack vectors (CVE-2005-3356).

The procfs code allows attackers to read sensitive kernel memory via unspecified vectors in which a signed value is added to an unsigned value (CVE-2005-4605).

A buffer overflow in sysctl allows local users to cause a DoS and possibly execute arbitrary code via a long string, which causes sysctl to write a zero byte outside the buffer (CVE-2005-4618).

A buffer overflow in the CA-driver for TwinHan DST Frontend/Card allows local users to cause a DoS (crash) and possibly execute arbitrary code by reading more than eight bytes into an eight byte long array (CVE-2005-4639).

dm-crypt does not clear a structure before it is freed, which leads to a memory disclosure that could allow local users to obtain sensitive information about a cryptographic key (CVE-2006-0095).

Remote attackers can cause a DoS via unknown attack vectors related to an 'extra dst release when ip_options_echo fails' in icmp.c (CVE-2006-0454).

In addition to these security fixes, other fixes have been included such as :

- support for mptsas

- fix for IPv6 with sis190

- a problem with the time progressing twice as fast

- a fix for Audigy 2 ZS Video Editor sample rates

- a fix for a supermount crash when accessing a supermount-ed CD/DVD drive

- a fix for improperly unloading sbp2 module

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 :


Update the affected packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 20939

File Name: mandrake_MDKSA-2006-040.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Published: 2006/02/19

Modified: 2015/01/09

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-i586-up-1GB-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-i686-up-4GB-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-smp-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-source-2.6, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-source-stripped-2.6, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-xbox-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-xen0-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-xenU-, cpe:/o:mandriva:linux:2006

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: 2006/02/17

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-2973, CVE-2005-3356, CVE-2005-4605, CVE-2005-4618, CVE-2005-4639, CVE-2006-0095, CVE-2006-0454

MDKSA: 2006:040