Ubuntu 6.06 LTS / 8.04 LTS / 9.04 / 9.10 / 10.04 LTS : linux, linux-source-2.6.15 vulnerabilities (USN-988-1)
High Nessus Plugin ID 49283
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.
DescriptionBen Hawkes discovered that the Linux kernel did not correctly validate memory ranges on 64bit kernels when allocating memory on behalf of 32bit system calls. On a 64bit system, a local attacker could perform malicious multicast getsockopt calls to gain root privileges.
Ben Hawkes discovered that the Linux kernel did not correctly filter registers on 64bit kernels when performing 32bit system calls. On a 64bit system, a local attacker could manipulate 32bit system calls to gain root privileges. (Ubuntu 6.06 LTS and 8.04 LTS were not affected.) (CVE-2010-3301).
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SolutionUpdate the affected packages.