Ubuntu 5.04 / 5.10 : linux-source-2.6.10, linux-source-2.6.12 vulnerabilities (USN-281-1)

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 21375


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


The sys_mbind() function did not properly verify the validity of the 'maxnod' argument. A local user could exploit this to trigger a buffer overflow, which caused a kernel crash. (CVE-2006-0557)

The SELinux module did not correctly handle the tracer SID when a process was already being traced. A local attacker could exploit this to cause a kernel crash. (CVE-2006-1052)

Al Viro discovered a local Denial of Service in the sysfs write buffer handling. By writing a block with a length exactly equal to the processor's page size to any writable file in /sys, a local attacker could cause a kernel crash. (CVE-2006-1055)

John Blackwood discovered a race condition with single-step debugging multiple processes at the same time. A local attacker could exploit this to crash the system. This only affects the amd64 platform.

Marco Ivaldi discovered a flaw in the handling of the ID number of IP packets. This number was incremented after receiving unsolicited TCP SYN-ACK packets. A remote attacker could exploit this to conduct port scans with the 'Idle scan' method (nmap -sI), which bypassed intended port scan protections. (CVE-2006-1242)

Pavel Kankovsky discovered that the getsockopt() function, when called with an SO_ORIGINAL_DST argument, does not properly clear the returned structure, so that a random piece of kernel memory is exposed to the user. This could potentially reveal sensitive data like passwords or encryption keys. (CVE-2006-1343)

A buffer overflow was discovered in the USB Gadget RNDIS implementation. While creating a reply message, the driver did not allocate enough memory for the reply structure. A remote attacker could exploit this to cause a kernel crash. (CVE-2006-1368)

Alexandra Kossovsky discovered an invalid memory access in the ip_route_input() function. By using the 'ip' command in a particular way to retrieve multicast routes, a local attacker could exploit this to crash the kernel. (CVE-2006-1525).

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 21375

File Name: ubuntu_USN-281-1.nasl

Version: 1.14

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2006/05/13

Updated: 2019/08/02

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 10

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-doc-2.6.10, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-doc-2.6.12, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-headers-2.6, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-headers-2.6-386, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-headers-2.6-686, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-headers-2.6-686-smp, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-headers-2.6-amd64-generic, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-headers-2.6-amd64-k8, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-headers-2.6-amd64-k8-smp, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-headers-2.6-amd64-xeon, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-2.6-386, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-2.6-686, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-2.6-686-smp, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-2.6-amd64-generic, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-2.6-amd64-k8, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-2.6-amd64-k8-smp, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-2.6-amd64-xeon, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-patch-ubuntu-2.6.10, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-patch-ubuntu-2.6.12, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-source-2.6.10, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-source-2.6.12, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-tree-2.6.10, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-tree-2.6.12, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:5.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:5.10

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Patch Publication Date: 2006/05/04

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2006/02/12

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-0557, CVE-2006-1052, CVE-2006-1055, CVE-2006-1066, CVE-2006-1242, CVE-2006-1342, CVE-2006-1343, CVE-2006-1368, CVE-2006-1525

USN: 281-1

CWE: 119