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

High Nessus Plugin ID 60488


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


- the Xen implementation did not prevent applications running in a para-virtualized guest from modifying CR4 TSC. This could cause a local denial of service.
(CVE-2007-5907, Important)

- Tavis Ormandy reported missing boundary checks in the Virtual Dynamic Shared Objects (vDSO) implementation.
This could allow a local unprivileged user to cause a denial of service or escalate privileges.
(CVE-2008-3527, Important)

- the do_truncate() and generic_file_splice_write() functions did not clear the setuid and setgid bits. This could allow a local unprivileged user to obtain access to privileged information. (CVE-2008-4210, CVE-2008-3833, Important)

- a flaw was found in the Linux kernel splice implementation. This could cause a local denial of service when there is a certain failure in the add_to_page_cache_lru() function. (CVE-2008-4302, Important)

- a flaw was found in the Linux kernel when running on AMD64 systems. During a context switch, EFLAGS were being neither saved nor restored. This could allow a local unprivileged user to cause a denial of service.
(CVE-2006-5755, Low)

- a flaw was found in the Linux kernel virtual memory implementation. This could allow a local unprivileged user to cause a denial of service. (CVE-2008-2372, Low)

- an integer overflow was discovered in the Linux kernel Datagram Congestion Control Protocol (DCCP) implementation. This could allow a remote attacker to cause a denial of service. By default, remote DCCP is blocked by SELinux. (CVE-2008-3276, Low)

In addition, these updated packages fix the following bugs :

- random32() seeding has been improved.

- in a multi-core environment, a race between the QP async event-handler and the destro_qp() function could occur.
This led to unpredictable results during invalid memory access, which could lead to a kernel crash.

- a format string was omitted in the call to the request_module() function.

- a stack overflow caused by an infinite recursion bug in the binfmt_misc kernel module was corrected.

- the ata_scsi_rbuf_get() and ata_scsi_rbuf_put() functions now check for scatterlist usage before calling kmap_atomic().

- a sentinel NUL byte was added to the device_write() function to ensure that is NUL-terminated.

- in the character device driver, a range_is_allowed() check was added to the read_mem() and write_mem() functions. It was possible for an illegitimate application to bypass these checks, and access /dev/mem beyond the 1M limit by calling mmap_mem() instead. Also, the parameters of range_is_allowed() were changed to cleanly handle greater than 32-bits of physical address on 32-bit architectures.

- some of the newer Nehalem-based systems declare their CPU DSDT entries as type 'Alias'. During boot, this caused an 'Error attaching device data' message to be logged.

- the evtchn event channel device lacked locks and memory barriers. This has led to xenstore becoming unresponsive on the Itanium® architecture.

- sending of gratuitous ARP packets in the Xen frontend network driver is now delayed until the backend signals that its carrier status has been processed by the stack.

- on forcedeth devices, whenever setting ethtool parameters for link speed, the device could stop receiving interrupts.

- the CIFS 'forcedirectio' option did not allow text to be appended to files.

- the gettimeofday() function returned a backwards time on Intel® 64.

- residual-count corrections during UNDERRUN handling were added to the qla2xxx driver.

- the fix for a small quirk was removed for certain Adaptec controllers for which it caused problems.

- the 'xm trigger init' command caused a domain panic if a userland application was running on a guest on the Intel® 64 architecture.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 60488

File Name: sl_20081104_kernel_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: 1.7

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Updated: 2019/10/25

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 7.1

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2008/11/04

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2006/12/31

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-5755, CVE-2007-5907, CVE-2008-2372, CVE-2008-3276, CVE-2008-3527, CVE-2008-3833, CVE-2008-4210, CVE-2008-4302

CWE: 20, 189, 264, 399