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

High Nessus Plugin ID 60429


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


These updated packages fix the following security issues :

- A security flaw was found in the Linux kernel memory copy routines, when running on certain AMD64 systems. If an unsuccessful attempt to copy kernel memory from source to destination memory locations occurred, the copy routines did not zero the content at the destination memory location. This could allow a local unprivileged user to view potentially sensitive data.
(CVE-2008-2729, Important)

- Alexey Dobriyan discovered a race condition in the Linux kernel process-tracing system call, ptrace. A local unprivileged user could use this flaw to cause a denial of service (kernel hang). (CVE-2008-2365, Important)

- Tavis Ormandy discovered a deficiency in the Linux kernel 32-bit and 64-bit emulation. This could allow a local unprivileged user to prepare and run a specially crafted binary, which would use this deficiency to leak uninitialized and potentially sensitive data.
(CVE-2008-0598, Important)

- It was discovered that the Linux kernel handled string operations in the opposite way to the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC). This could allow a local unprivileged user to cause memory corruption. (CVE-2008-1367, Low)

As well, these updated packages fix the following bug :

- On systems with a large number of CPUs (more than 16), multiple applications calling the 'times()' system call may have caused a system hang.


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 60429

File Name: sl_20080625_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: 7.5

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

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: 2008/06/25

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-0598, CVE-2008-1367, CVE-2008-2365, CVE-2008-2729

CWE: 200, 362, 399