Debian DSA-1787-1 : linux-2.6.24 - denial of service/privilege escalation/information leak

critical Nessus Plugin ID 38668


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 or privilege escalation. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project identifies the following problems :

- CVE-2008-4307 Bryn M. Reeves reported a denial of service in the NFS filesystem. Local users can trigger a kernel BUG() due to a race condition in the do_setlk function.

- CVE-2008-5079 Hugo Dias reported a DoS condition in the ATM subsystem that can be triggered by a local user by calling the svc_listen function twice on the same socket and reading /proc/net/atm/*vc.

- CVE-2008-5395 Helge Deller discovered a denial of service condition that allows local users on PA-RISC systems to crash a system by attempting to unwind a stack containing userspace addresses.

- CVE-2008-5700 Alan Cox discovered a lack of minimum timeouts on SG_IO requests, which allows local users of systems using ATA to cause a denial of service by forcing drives into PIO mode.

- CVE-2008-5701 Vlad Malov reported an issue on 64-bit MIPS systems where a local user could cause a system crash by crafing a malicious binary which makes o32 syscalls with a number less than 4000.

- CVE-2008-5702 Zvonimir Rakamaric reported an off-by-one error in the ib700wdt watchdog driver which allows local users to cause a buffer underflow by making a specially crafted WDIOC_SETTIMEOUT ioctl call.

- CVE-2009-0028 Chris Evans discovered a situation in which a child process can send an arbitrary signal to its parent.

- CVE-2009-0029 Christian Borntraeger discovered an issue effecting the alpha, mips, powerpc, s390 and sparc64 architectures that allows local users to cause a denial of service or potentially gain elevated privileges.

- CVE-2009-0031 Vegard Nossum discovered a memory leak in the keyctl subsystem that allows local users to cause a denial of service by consuming all of kernel memory.

- CVE-2009-0065 Wei Yongjun discovered a memory overflow in the SCTP implementation that can be triggered by remote users, permitting remote code execution.

- CVE-2009-0269 Duane Griffin provided a fix for an issue in the eCryptfs subsystem which allows local users to cause a denial of service (fault or memory corruption).

- CVE-2009-0322 Pavel Roskin provided a fix for an issue in the dell_rbu driver that allows a local user to cause a denial of service (oops) by reading 0 bytes from a sysfs entry.

- CVE-2009-0675 Roel Kluin discovered inverted logic in the skfddi driver that permits local, unprivileged users to reset the driver statistics.

- CVE-2009-0676 Clement LECIGNE discovered a bug in the sock_getsockopt function that may result in leaking sensitive kernel memory.

- CVE-2009-0745 Peter Kerwien discovered an issue in the ext4 filesystem that allows local users to cause a denial of service (kernel oops) during a resize operation.

- CVE-2009-0834 Roland McGrath discovered an issue on amd64 kernels that allows local users to circumvent system call audit configurations which filter based on the syscall numbers or argument details.

- CVE-2009-0859 Jiri Olsa discovered that a local user can cause a denial of service (system hang) using a SHM_INFO shmctl call on kernels compiled with CONFIG_SHMEM disabled.
This issue does not affect prebuilt Debian kernels.

- CVE-2009-1046 Mikulas Patocka reported an issue in the console subsystem that allows a local user to cause memory corruption by selecting a small number of 3-byte UTF-8 characters.

- CVE-2009-1192 Shaohua Li reported an issue in the AGP subsystem that may allow local users to read sensitive kernel memory due to a leak of uninitialized memory.

- CVE-2009-1242 Benjamin Gilbert reported a local denial of service vulnerability in the KVM VMX implementation that allows local users to trigger an oops.

- CVE-2009-1265 Thomas Pollet reported an overflow in the af_rose implementation that allows remote attackers to retrieve uninitialized kernel memory that may contain sensitive data.

- CVE-2009-1337 Oleg Nesterov discovered an issue in the exit_notify function that allows local users to send an arbitrary signal to a process by running a program that modifies the exit_signal field and then uses an exec system call to launch a setuid application.

- CVE-2009-1338 Daniel Hokka Zakrisson discovered that a kill(-1) is permitted to reach processes outside of the current process namespace.

- CVE-2009-1439 Pavan Naregundi reported an issue in the CIFS filesystem code that allows remote users to overwrite memory via a long nativeFileSystem field in a Tree Connect response during mount.


Upgrade the linux-2.6.24 packages.

For the oldstable distribution (etch), these problems have been fixed in version 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.8etch1.

Note: Debian 'etch' includes linux kernel packages based upon both the 2.6.18 and 2.6.24 linux releases. All known security issues are carefully tracked against both packages and both packages will receive security updates until security support for Debian 'etch' concludes.
However, given the high frequency at which low-severity security issues are discovered in the kernel and the resource requirements of doing an update, lower severity 2.6.18 and 2.6.24 updates will typically release in a staggered or 'leap-frog' fashion.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 38668

File Name: debian_DSA-1787.nasl

Version: 1.30

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 5/4/2009

Updated: 1/4/2021

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.9


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 8.7

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux-2.6.24, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:4.0

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 5/2/2009

Vulnerability Publication Date: 12/8/2008

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-4307, CVE-2008-5079, CVE-2008-5395, CVE-2008-5700, CVE-2008-5701, CVE-2008-5702, CVE-2009-0028, CVE-2009-0029, CVE-2009-0031, CVE-2009-0065, CVE-2009-0269, CVE-2009-0322, CVE-2009-0675, CVE-2009-0676, CVE-2009-0745, CVE-2009-0834, CVE-2009-0859, CVE-2009-1046, CVE-2009-1192, CVE-2009-1242, CVE-2009-1265, CVE-2009-1337, CVE-2009-1338, CVE-2009-1439

BID: 32676, 33113, 33672, 33846, 33951, 34020, 34405, 34453, 34654, 34673

CWE: 119, 189, 20, 264, 362, 399

DSA: 1787