Ubuntu 8.10 : linux vulnerability (USN-662-1)
High Nessus Plugin ID 37499
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.
DescriptionIt was discovered that the Linux kernel could be made to hang temporarily when mounting corrupted ext2/3 filesystems. If a user were tricked into mounting a specially crafted filesystem, a remote attacker could cause system hangs, leading to a denial of service.
Anders Kaseorg discovered that ndiswrapper did not correctly handle long ESSIDs. For a system using ndiswrapper, a physically near-by attacker could generate specially crafted wireless network traffic and execute arbitrary code with root privileges. (CVE-2008-4395).
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SolutionUpdate the affected packages.