Ubuntu 8.10 : linux vulnerability (USN-662-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 37499


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


It 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).

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 37499

File Name: ubuntu_USN-662-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.10 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2009/04/23

Modified: 2016/10/26

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 8.3

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-doc-2.6.27, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-headers-2.6, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-headers-2.6-generic, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-headers-2.6-server, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-2.6-generic, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-2.6-server, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-2.6-virtual, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-libc-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-source-2.6.27, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.10

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

Patch Publication Date: 2008/11/05

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-3528, CVE-2008-4395

OSVDB: 49088, 49726

USN: 662-1

CWE: 119