Scientific Linux Security Update : kernel on SL4.x i386/x86_64

High Nessus Plugin ID 60354


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


These updated kernel packages fix the following security issues :

A flaw was found in the virtual filesystem (VFS). A local unprivileged 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 implementation of ptrace. A local unprivileged user could trigger this flaw and possibly cause a denial of service (system hang). (CVE-2007-5500, Important)

A flaw was found in the way the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 kernel handled page faults when a CPU used the NUMA method for accessing memory on Itanium architectures. A local unprivileged user could trigger this flaw and cause a denial of service (system panic).
(CVE-2007-4130, Important)

A possible NULL pointer dereference was found in the chrp_show_cpuinfo function when using the PowerPC architecture. This may have allowed a local unprivileged user to cause a denial of service (crash).
(CVE-2007-6694, Moderate)

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. This could potentially grant unauthorized access to sensitive information. (CVE-2007-6206, Moderate)

Two buffer overflow flaws were found in the Linux kernel ISDN subsystem. A local unprivileged user could use these flaws to cause a denial of service. (CVE-2007-6063, CVE-2007-6151, Moderate)

As well, these updated packages fix the following bug :

- when moving volumes that contain multiple segments, and a mirror segment is not the first in the mapping table, running the 'pvmove /dev/[device] /dev/[device]' command caused a kernel panic. A 'kernel: Unable to handle kernel paging request at virtual address [address]' error was logged by syslog.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 60354

File Name: sl_20080131_kernel_on_SL4_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.2 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Modified: 2016/12/14

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.8

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/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: 2008/01/31

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-4130, CVE-2007-5500, CVE-2007-6063, CVE-2007-6151, CVE-2007-6206, CVE-2007-6694, CVE-2008-0001

CWE: 16, 20, 119, 399