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

high Nessus Plugin ID 60508
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The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


- Olaf Kirch reported a flaw in the i915 kernel driver that only affects the Intel G33 series and newer. This flaw could, potentially, lead to local privilege escalation. (CVE-2008-3831, Important)

- Miklos Szeredi reported a missing check for files opened with O_APPEND in the sys_splice(). This could allow a local, unprivileged user to bypass the append-only file restrictions. (CVE-2008-4554, Important)

- a deficiency was found in the Linux kernel Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP) implementation.
This could lead to a possible denial of service if one end of a SCTP connection did not support the AUTH extension. (CVE-2008-4576, Important)

In addition, these updated packages fix the following bugs :

- on Itanium® systems, when a multithreaded program was traced using the command 'strace -f', messages similar to the following ones were displayed, after which the trace would stop :

PANIC: attached pid 10740 exited PANIC:
handle_group_exit: 10740 leader 10721 PANIC: attached pid 10739 exited PANIC: handle_group_exit: 10739 leader 10721 ...

In these updated packages, tracing a multithreaded program using the 'strace -f' command no longer results in these error messages, and strace terminates normally after tracing all threads.

- on big-endian systems such as PowerPC, the getsockopt() function incorrectly returned 0 depending on the parameters passed to it when the time to live (TTL) value equaled 255.

- when using an NFSv4 file system, accessing the same file with two separate processes simultaneously resulted in the NFS client process becoming unresponsive.

- on AMD64 and Intel® 64 hypervisor-enabled systems, in cases in which a syscall correctly returned '-1' in code compiled on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, the same code, when run with the strace utility, would incorrectly return an invalid return value. This has been fixed so that on AMD64 and Intel® 64 hypervisor-enabled systems, syscalls in compiled code return the same, correct values as syscalls do when run with strace.

- on the Itanium® architecture, fully-virtualized guest domains which were created using more than 64 GB of memory caused other guest domains not to receive interrupts, which caused a soft lockup on other guests.
All guest domains are now able to receive interrupts regardless of their allotted memory.

- when user-space used SIGIO notification, which wasn't disabled before closing a file descriptor, and was then re-enabled in a different process, an attempt by the kernel to dereference a stale pointer led to a kernel crash. With this fix, such a situation no longer causes a kernel crash.

- modifications to certain pages made through a memory-mapped region could have been lost in cases when the NFS client needed to invalidate the page cache for that particular memory-mapped file.

- fully-virtualized Windows guests became unresponsive due to the vIOSAPIC component being multiprocessor-unsafe.
With this fix, vIOSAPIC is multiprocessor-safe and Windows guests do not become unresponsive.

- on certain systems, keyboard controllers were not able to withstand a continuous flow of requests to switch keyboard LEDs on or off, which resulted in some or all key presses not being registered by the system.

- on the Itanium® architecture, setting the 'vm.nr_hugepages' sysctl parameter caused a kernel stack overflow resulting in a kernel panic, and possibly stack corruption. With this fix, setting vm.nr_hugepages works correctly.

- hugepages allow the Linux kernel to utilize the multiple page size capabilities of modern hardware architectures.
In certain configurations, systems with large amounts of memory could fail to allocate most of memory for hugepages even if it was free, which could have resulted, for example, in database restart failures.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 60508

File Name: sl_20081216_kernel_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: 1.7

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 8/1/2012

Updated: 1/14/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.2


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: 12/16/2008

Vulnerability Publication Date: 10/15/2008

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-3831, CVE-2008-4554, CVE-2008-4576

CWE: 264, 287, 399