Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : kernel (MDKSA-2007:195)

high Nessus Plugin ID 27561


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


Some vulnerabilities were discovered and corrected in the Linux 2.6 kernel :

A stack-based buffer overflow in the random number generator could allow local root users to cause a denial of service or gain privileges by setting the default wakeup threshold to a value greater than the output pool size (CVE-2007-3105).

The lcd_write function did not limit the amount of memory used by a caller, which allows local users to cause a denial of service (memory consumption) (CVE-2007-3513).

The decode_choice function allowed remote attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) via an encoded out-of-range index value for a choice field which triggered a NULL pointer dereference (CVE-2007-3642).

The Linux kernel allowed local users to send arbitrary signals to a child process that is running at higher privileges by causing a setuid-root parent process to die which delivered an attacker-controlled parent process death signal (PR_SET_PDEATHSIG) (CVE-2007-3848).

The aac_cfg_openm and aac_compat_ioctl functions in the SCSI layer ioctl patch in aacraid did not check permissions for ioctls, which might allow local users to cause a denial of service or gain privileges (CVE-2007-4308).

The IA32 system call emulation functionality, when running on the x86_64 architecture, did not zero extend the eax register after the 32bit entry path to ptrace is used, which could allow local users to gain privileges by triggering an out-of-bounds access to the system call table using the %RAX register (CVE-2007-4573).

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

- More NVidia PCI ids wre added

- The 3w-9xxx module was updated to version

- Fixed the map entry for ICH8

- Added the TG3 5786 PCI id

- Reduced the log verbosity of cx88-mpeg

To update your kernel, please follow the directions located at :


Update the affected packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 27561

File Name: mandrake_MDKSA-2007-195.nasl

Version: 1.20

Type: local

Published: 10/25/2007

Updated: 1/6/2021

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 8.4


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.1

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

Temporal Vector: E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-doc-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-doc-latest, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-enterprise-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-enterprise-latest, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-latest, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-legacy-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-legacy-latest, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-source-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-source-latest, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-source-stripped-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-source-stripped-latest, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-xen0-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-xen0-latest, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-xenU-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-xenU-latest, cpe:/o:mandriva:linux:2007, cpe:/o:mandriva:linux:2007.1

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: 10/15/2007

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-3105, CVE-2007-3513, CVE-2007-3642, CVE-2007-3848, CVE-2007-4308, CVE-2007-4573

BID: 24734, 25216, 25348, 25387, 25774

MDKSA: 2007:195

CWE: 119, 189, 264