Ubuntu 8.04 LTS : linux regression (USN-974-2)

high Nessus Plugin ID 48904


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


USN-974-1 fixed vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel. The fixes for CVE-2010-2240 caused failures for Xen hosts. This update fixes the problem.

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Gael Delalleu, Rafal Wojtczuk, and Brad Spengler discovered that the memory manager did not properly handle when applications grow stacks into adjacent memory regions. A local attacker could exploit this to gain control of certain applications, potentially leading to privilege escalation, as demonstrated in attacks against the X server.

Kees Cook discovered that under certain situations the ioctl subsystem for DRM did not properly sanitize its arguments. A local attacker could exploit this to read previously freed kernel memory, leading to a loss of privacy. (CVE-2010-2803)

Ben Hawkes discovered an integer overflow in the Controller Area Network (CAN) subsystem when setting up frame content and filtering certain messages. An attacker could send specially crafted CAN traffic to crash the system or gain root privileges. (CVE-2010-2959).

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.


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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 48904

File Name: ubuntu_USN-974-2.nasl

Version: 1.13

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 8/27/2010

Updated: 9/19/2019

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl, linux_alt_patch_detect.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 8.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-doc-2.6.24, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-headers-2.6, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-headers-2.6-386, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-headers-2.6-generic, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-headers-2.6-openvz, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-headers-2.6-rt, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-headers-2.6-server, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-headers-2.6-virtual, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-headers-2.6-xen, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-2.6-386, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-2.6-generic, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-2.6-lpia, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-2.6-lpiacompat, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-2.6-openvz, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-2.6-rt, 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-image-2.6-xen, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-debug-2.6-386, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-debug-2.6-generic, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-debug-2.6-server, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-debug-2.6-virtual, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-kernel-devel, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-libc-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-source-2.6.24, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.04:-:lts

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 8/26/2010

Vulnerability Publication Date: 9/3/2010

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-2240, CVE-2010-2803, CVE-2010-2959

USN: 974-2