RHEL 4 : kernel (RHSA-2008:0167)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 31595


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated kernel packages that fix various security issues and several bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.

This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

The kernel packages contain the Linux kernel, the core of any Linux operating system.

A buffer overflow flaw was found in the CIFS virtual file system. A remote authenticated user could issue a request that could lead to a denial of service. (CVE-2007-5904, Moderate)

As well, these updated packages fix the following bugs :

* a bug was found in the Linux kernel audit subsystem. When the audit daemon was setup to log the execve system call with a large number of arguments, the kernel could run out out memory while attempting to create audit log messages. This could cause a kernel panic. In these updated packages, large audit messages are split into acceptable sizes, which resolves this issue.

* on certain Intel chipsets, it was not possible to load the acpiphp module using the 'modprobe acpiphp' command. Because the acpiphp module did not recurse across PCI bridges, hardware detection for PCI hot plug slots failed. In these updated packages, hardware detection works correctly.

* on IBM System z architectures that run the IBM z/VM hypervisor, the IBM eServer zSeries HiperSockets network interface (layer 3) allowed ARP packets to be sent and received, even when the 'NOARP' flag was set. These ARP packets caused problems for virtual machines.

* it was possible for the iounmap function to sleep while holding a lock. This may have caused a deadlock for drivers and other code that uses the iounmap function. In these updated packages, the lock is dropped before the sleep code is called, which resolves this issue.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to resolve these issues.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 31595

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2008-0167.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.17 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2008/03/17

Modified: 2017/01/03

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5.9

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-doc, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-hugemem, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-hugemem-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-largesmp, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-largesmp-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-smp, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-smp-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-xenU, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-xenU-devel, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4.6

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2008/03/14

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-5904

BID: 26438

RHSA: 2008:0167

CWE: 119