Debian DSA-1428-2 : linux-2.6 - several vulnerabilities

High Nessus Plugin ID 29263


The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


Several local and remote vulnerabilities have been discovered in the Linux kernel that may lead to a denial of service or the execution of arbitrary code. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project identifies the following problems :

This is an update to DSA 1428-1 which omitted a reference to CVE-2007-5904.

- CVE-2007-3104 Eric Sandeen provided a backport of Tejun Heo's fix for a local denial of service vulnerability in sysfs. Under memory pressure, a dentry structure maybe reclaimed resulting in a bad pointer dereference causing an oops during a readdir.

- CVE-2007-4997 Chris Evans discovered an issue with certain drivers that make use of the Linux kernel's ieee80211 layer. A remote user could generate a malicious 802.11 frame that could result in a denial of service (crash). The ipw2100 driver is known to be affected by this issue, while the ipw2200 is believed not to be.

- CVE-2007-5500 Scott James Remnant diagnosed a coding error in the implementation of ptrace which could be used by a local user to cause the kernel to enter an infinite loop.

- CVE-2007-5904 Przemyslaw Wegrzyn discovered an issue in the CIFS filesystem that could allow a malicious server to cause a denial of service (crash) by overflowing a buffer.

These problems have been fixed in the stable distribution in version 2.6.18.dfsg.1-13etch5.

The following matrix lists additional packages that were rebuilt for compatibility with or to take advantage of this update :

Debian 4.0 (etch) fai-kernels 1.17+etch.13etch5 user-mode-linux 2.6.18-1um-2etch.13etch5


Upgrade the kernel package immediately and reboot the machine. If you have built a custom kernel from the kernel source package, you will need to rebuild to take advantage of these fixes.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 29263

File Name: debian_DSA-1428.nasl

Version: 1.18

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2007/12/11

Updated: 2019/08/02

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 7.1

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-2.6, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:4.0

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

Patch Publication Date: 2007/12/11

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-3104, CVE-2007-4997, CVE-2007-5500, CVE-2007-5904

DSA: 1428

CWE: 119, 189, 399