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

High Nessus Plugin ID 60559


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


Security fixes :

- memory leaks were found on some error paths in the icmp_send() function in the Linux kernel. This could, potentially, cause the network connectivity to cease.
(CVE-2009-0778, Important)

- Chris Evans reported a deficiency in the clone() system call when called with the CLONE_PARENT flag. This flaw permits the caller (the parent process) to indicate an arbitrary signal it wants to receive when its child process exits. This could lead to a denial of service of the parent process. (CVE-2009-0028, Moderate)

- an off-by-one underflow flaw was found in the eCryptfs subsystem. This could potentially cause a local denial of service when the readlink() function returned an error. (CVE-2009-0269, Moderate)

- a deficiency was found in the Remote BIOS Update (RBU) driver for Dell systems. This could allow a local, unprivileged user to cause a denial of service by reading zero bytes from the image_type or packet_size files in '/sys/devices/platform/dell_rbu/'.
(CVE-2009-0322, Moderate)

- an inverted logic flaw was found in the SysKonnect FDDI PCI adapter driver, allowing driver statistics to be reset only when the CAP_NET_ADMIN capability was absent (local, unprivileged users could reset driver statistics). (CVE-2009-0675, Moderate)

- the sock_getsockopt() function in the Linux kernel did not properly initialize a data structure that can be directly returned to user-space when the getsockopt() function is called with SO_BSDCOMPAT optname set. This flaw could possibly lead to memory disclosure.
(CVE-2009-0676, Moderate)

- the ext2 and ext3 file system code failed to properly handle corrupted data structures, leading to a possible local denial of service when read or write operations were performed on a specially crafted file system.
(CVE-2008-3528, Low)

- a deficiency was found in the libATA implementation.
This could, potentially, lead to a local denial of service. Note: by default, the '/dev/sg*' devices are accessible only to the root user. (CVE-2008-5700, Low)

Bug fixes :

- a bug in aic94xx may have caused kernel panics during boot on some systems with certain SATA disks.

- a word endianness problem in the qla2xx driver on PowerPC-based machines may have corrupted flash-based devices. (BZ#485908)

- a memory leak in pipe() may have caused a system deadlock. The workaround, which involved manually allocating extra file descriptors toprocesses calling do_pipe, is no longer necessary. (BZ#481576)

- CPU soft-lockups in the network rate estimator.

- bugs in the ixgbe driver caused it to function unreliably on some systems with 16 or more CPU cores.

- the iwl4965 driver may have caused a kernel panic.

- a bug caused NFS attributes to not update for some long-lived NFS mounted file systems. (BZ#483201)

- unmounting a GFS2 file system may have caused a panic.

- a bug in ptrace() may have caused a panic when single stepping a target. (BZ#487394)

- on some 64-bit systems, notsc was incorrectly set at boot, causing slow gettimeofday() calls. (BZ#488239)

- do_machine_check() cleared all Machine Check Exception (MCE) status registers, preventing the BIOS from using them to determine the cause of certain panics and errors. (BZ#490433)

- scaling problems caused performance problems for LAPI applications. (BZ#489457)

- a panic may have occurred on systems using certain Intel WiFi Link 5000 products when booting with the RF Kill switch on. (BZ#489846)

- the TSC is invariant with C/P/T states, and always runs at constant frequency from now on. (BZ#489310)

The system must be rebooted for this update to take effect.


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 60559

File Name: sl_20090401_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: High


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

Patch Publication Date: 2009/04/01

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-3528, CVE-2008-5700, CVE-2009-0028, CVE-2009-0269, CVE-2009-0322, CVE-2009-0675, CVE-2009-0676, CVE-2009-0778

CWE: 189, 264, 399