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

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 60532


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


This update addresses the following security issues :

- a memory leak in keyctl handling. A local user could use this flaw to deplete kernel memory, eventually leading to a denial of service. (CVE-2009-0031, Important)

- a buffer overflow in the Linux kernel Partial Reliable Stream Control Transmission Protocol (PR-SCTP) implementation. This could, potentially, lead to a denial of service if a Forward-TSN chunk is received with a large stream ID. (CVE-2009-0065, Important)

- a flaw when handling heavy network traffic on an SMP system with many cores. An attacker who could send a large amount of network traffic could create a denial of service. (CVE-2008-5713, Important)

- the code for the HFS and HFS Plus (HFS+) file systems failed to properly handle corrupted data structures.
This could, potentially, lead to a local denial of service. (CVE-2008-4933, CVE-2008-5025, Low)

- a flaw was found in the HFS Plus (HFS+) file system implementation. This could, potentially, lead to a local denial of service when write operations are performed.
(CVE-2008-4934, Low)

- when fput() was called to close a socket, the
__scm_destroy() function in the Linux kernel could make indirect recursive calls to itself. This could, potentially, lead to a denial of service issue.
(CVE-2008-5029, Important)

- a flaw was found in the Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) subsystem. A local, unprivileged user could use the flaw to listen on the same socket more than once, possibly causing a denial of service. (CVE-2008-5079, Important)

- a race condition was found in the Linux kernel 'inotify' watch removal and umount implementation. This could allow a local, unprivileged user to cause a privilege escalation or a denial of service. (CVE-2008-5182, Important)

** Bug fixes and enhancements are provided for :

- support for specific NICs, including products from the following manufacturers: Broadcom Chelsio Cisco Intel Marvell NetXen Realtek Sun

- Fiber Channel support, including support for Qlogic qla2xxx, qla4xxx, and qla84xx HBAs and the FCoE, FCP, and zFCP protocols.

- support for various CPUs, including: AMD Opteron processors with 45 nm SOI ('Shanghai') AMD Turion Ultra processors Cell processors Intel Core i7 processors

- Xen support, including issues specific to the IA64 platform, systems using AMD processors, and Dell Optiplex GX280 systems

- ext3, ext4, GFS2, NFS, and SPUFS

- Infiniband (including eHCA, eHEA, and IPoIB) support

- common I/O (CIO), direct I/O (DIO), and queued direct I/O (qdio) support

- the kernel distributed lock manager (DLM)

- hardware issues with: SCSI, IEEE 1394 (FireWire), RAID (including issues specific to Adaptec controllers), SATA (including NCQ), PCI, audio, serial connections, tape-drives, and USB

- ACPI, some of a general nature and some related to specific hardware including: certain Lenovo Thinkpad notebooks, HP DC7700 systems, and certain machines based on Intel Centrino processor technology.

- CIFS, including Kerberos support and a tech-preview of DFS support

- networking support, including IPv6, PPPoE, and IPSec

- support for Intel chipsets, including: Intel Cantiga chipsets Intel Eagle Lake chipsets Intel i915 chipsets Intel i965 chipsets Intel Ibex Peak chipsets Intel chipsets offering QuickPath Interconnects (QPI)

- device mapping issues, including some in device mapper itself

- various issues specific to IA64 and PPC

- CCISS, including support for Compaq SMART Array controllers P711m and P712m and other new hardware

- various issues affecting specific HP systems, including:
DL785G5 XW4800 XW8600 XW8600 XW9400

- IOMMU support, including specific issues with AMD and IBM Calgary hardware

- the audit subsystem

- DASD support

- iSCSI support, including issues specific to Chelsio T3 adapters

- LVM issues

- SCTP management information base (MIB) support

- issues with: autofs, kdump, kobject_add, libata, lpar, ptrace, and utrace

- platforms using Intel Enhanced Error Handling (EEH)

- EDAC issues for AMD K8 and Intel i5000

- ALSA, including support for new hardware

- futex support

- hugepage support

- Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) support

- issues affecting NEC/Stratus servers

- OFED support

- SELinux

- various Virtio issues

- when using the nfsd daemon in a clustered setup, kernel panics appeared seemingly at random. These panics were caused by a race condition in the device-mapper mirror target.

- the clock_gettime(CLOCK_THREAD_CPUTIME_ID, ) syscall returned a smaller timespec value than the result of previous clock_gettime() function execution, which resulted in a negative, and nonsensical, elapsed time value.

- nfs_create_rpc_client was called with a 'flavor' parameter which was usually ignored and ended up unconditionally creating the RPC client with an AUTH_UNIX flavor. This caused problems on AUTH_GSS mounts when the credentials needed to be refreshed. The credops did not match the authorization type, which resulted in the credops dereferencing an incorrect part of the AUTH_UNIX rpc_auth struct.

- when copy_user_c terminated prematurely due to reading beyond the end of the user buffer and the kernel jumped to the exception table entry, the rsi register was not cleared. This resulted in exiting back to user code with garbage in the rsi register.

- the hexdump data in s390dbf traces was incomplete. The length of the data traced was incorrect and the SAN payload was read from a different place then it was written to.

- when using connected mode (CM) in IPoIB on ehca2 hardware, it was not possible to transmit any data.

- when an application called fork() and pthread_create() many times and, at some point, a thread forked a child and then attempted to call the setpgid() function, then this function failed and returned and ESRCH error value.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 60532

File Name: sl_20090210_kernel_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.3 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Modified: 2016/12/14

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2009/02/10

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-4933, CVE-2008-4934, CVE-2008-5025, CVE-2008-5029, CVE-2008-5079, CVE-2008-5182, CVE-2008-5713, CVE-2009-0031, CVE-2009-0065

CWE: 20, 119, 362, 399