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

high Nessus Plugin ID 60448


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


These updated packages fix the following security issue :

- a possible kernel memory leak was found in the Linux kernel Simple Internet Transition (SIT) INET6 implementation. This could allow a local unprivileged user to cause a denial of service. (CVE-2008-2136, Important)

As well, these updated packages fix the following bugs :

- a possible kernel hang on hugemem systems, due to a bug in NFS, which may have caused systems to become unresponsive, has been resolved.

- an inappropriate exit condition occurred in the architecture-specific 'mmap()' realization, which fell into an infinite loop under certain conditions. On 64-bit systems, this issue may have manifested itself to users as a soft lockup, or process hangs.

- due to a bug in hardware initialization in the 'ohci_hcd' kernel module, the kernel may have failed with a NULL pointer dereference. On 64-bit PowerPC systems, this may have caused booting to fail, and drop to xmon. On other platforms, a kernel oops occurred.

- due to insufficient locks in task termination code, a panic may have occurred in the 'sys_times()' system call on SMP machines.


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 60448

File Name: sl_20080723_kernel_on_SL4_x.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 8/1/2012

Updated: 1/14/2021

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.6


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Vector: 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: 7/23/2008

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-2136

CWE: 399