Debian DSA-1588-1 : linux-2.6 - denial of service

high Nessus Plugin ID 32448


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


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

- CVE-2007-6712 Johannes Bauer discovered an integer overflow condition in the hrtimer subsystem on 64-bit systems. This can be exploited by local users to trigger a denial of service (DoS) by causing the kernel to execute an infinite loop.

- CVE-2008-1615 Jan Kratochvil reported a local denial of service condition that permits local users on systems running the amd64 flavor kernel to cause a system crash.

- CVE-2008-2136 Paul Harks discovered a memory leak in the Simple Internet Transition (SIT) code used for IPv6 over IPv4 tunnels. This can be exploited by remote users to cause a denial of service condition.

- CVE-2008-2137 David Miller and Jan Lieskovsky discovered issues with the virtual address range checking of mmaped regions on the sparc architecture that may be exploited by local users to cause a denial of service.


Upgrade the linux-2.6, fai-kernels, and user-mode-linux packages.

For the stable distribution (etch), this problem has been fixed in version 2.6.18.dfsg.1-18etch5.

Builds for linux-2.6/s390 and fai-kernels/powerpc were not yet available at the time of this advisory. This advisory will be updated as these builds become available.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 32448

File Name: debian_DSA-1588.nasl

Version: 1.16

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 5/28/2008

Updated: 1/4/2021

Supported Sensors: Agentless Assessment, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 4.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Vector: AV:N/AC:L/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: 5/27/2008

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-6712, CVE-2008-1615, CVE-2008-2136, CVE-2008-2137

DSA: 1588

CWE: 189, 264, 399