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

high Nessus Plugin ID 60430


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)

- 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)

- Brandon Edwards discovered a missing length validation check in the Linux kernel DCCP module reconciliation feature. This could allow a local unprivileged user to cause a heap overflow, gaining privileges for arbitrary code execution. (CVE-2008-2358, Moderate)

As well, these updated packages fix the following bug :

- Due to a regression, 'gettimeofday' may have gone backwards on certain x86 hardware. This issue was quite dangerous for time-sensitive systems, such as those used for transaction systems and databases, and may have caused applications to produce incorrect results, or even crash.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 60430

File Name: sl_20080625_kernel_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: 1.6

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 8/1/2012

Updated: 1/14/2021

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Vector: AV:L/AC:L/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: 6/25/2008

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-0598, CVE-2008-2358, CVE-2008-2729

CWE: 189, 200