CentOS 4 : kernel (CESA-2009:1223)

high Nessus Plugin ID 40753
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Synopsis

The remote CentOS host is missing one or more security updates.

Description

Updated kernel packages that fix two security issues are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.

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

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

These updated packages fix the following security issues :

* a flaw was found in the SOCKOPS_WRAP macro in the Linux kernel. This macro did not initialize the sendpage operation in the proto_ops structure correctly. A local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to cause a local denial of service or escalate their privileges.
(CVE-2009-2692, Important)

* a flaw was found in the udp_sendmsg() implementation in the Linux kernel when using the MSG_MORE flag on UDP sockets. A local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to cause a local denial of service or escalate their privileges. (CVE-2009-2698, Important)

Red Hat would like to thank Tavis Ormandy and Julien Tinnes of the Google Security Team for responsibly reporting these flaws.

Users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues. The system must be rebooted for this update to take effect.

Solution

Update the affected kernel packages.

See Also

http://www.nessus.org/u?2eaa249d

http://www.nessus.org/u?9a687bf1

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 40753

File Name: centos_RHSA-2009-1223.nasl

Version: 1.21

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 8/25/2009

Updated: 1/4/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

VPR

Risk Factor: Critical

Score: 9.6

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 6.3

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

Temporal Vector: E:H/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 8/24/2009

Vulnerability Publication Date: 8/14/2009

Exploitable With

CANVAS (CANVAS)

Core Impact

Metasploit (Linux Kernel Sendpage Local Privilege Escalation)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-2692, CVE-2009-2698

BID: 36038

RHSA: 2009:1223

CWE: 119