Scientific Linux Security Update : kernel on SL5.x i386/x86_64

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 60351


The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


These new kernel packages fix the following security issues :

A flaw was found in the virtual filesystem (VFS). An unprivileged local user could truncate directories to which they had write permission; this could render the contents of the directory inaccessible. (CVE-2008-0001, Important)

A flaw was found in the Xen PAL emulation on Intel 64 platforms. A guest Hardware-assisted virtual machine (HVM) could read the arbitrary physical memory of the host system, which could make information available to unauthorized users. (CVE-2007-6416, Important)

A flaw was found in the way core dump files were created. If a local user can get a root-owned process to dump a core file into a directory, which the user has write access to, they could gain read access to that core file, potentially containing sensitive information. (CVE-2007-6206, Moderate)

A buffer overflow flaw was found in the CIFS virtual file system. A remote,authenticated user could issue a request that could lead to a denial of service. (CVE-2007-5904, Moderate)

A flaw was found in the 'sysfs_readdir' function. A local user could create a race condition which would cause a denial of service (kernel oops). (CVE-2007-3104, Moderate)

As well, these updated packages fix the following bugs :

- running the 'strace -f' command caused strace to hang, without displaying information about child processes.

- unmounting an unresponsive, interruptable NFS mount, for example, one mounted with the 'intr' option, may have caused a system crash.

- a bug in the s2io.ko driver prevented VLAN devices from being added. Attempting to add a device to a VLAN, for example, running the 'vconfig add [device-name] [vlan-id]' command caused vconfig to fail.

- tux used an incorrect open flag bit. This caused problems when building packages in a chroot environment, such as mock, which is used by the koji build system.


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 60351

File Name: sl_20080123_kernel_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.2 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Modified: 2016/12/14

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2008/01/23

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-3104, CVE-2007-5904, CVE-2007-6206, CVE-2007-6416, CVE-2008-0001

CWE: 16, 119, 264, 399