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

High Nessus Plugin ID 60599


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


Security fixes :

- several flaws were found in the way the Linux kernel CIFS implementation handles Unicode strings. CIFS clients convert Unicode strings sent by a server to their local character sets, and then write those strings into memory. If a malicious server sent a long enough string, it could write past the end of the target memory region and corrupt other memory areas, possibly leading to a denial of service or privilege escalation on the client mounting the CIFS share. (CVE-2009-1439, CVE-2009-1633, Important)

- the Linux kernel Network File System daemon (nfsd) implementation did not drop the CAP_MKNOD capability when handling requests from local, unprivileged users.
This flaw could possibly lead to an information leak or privilege escalation. (CVE-2009-1072, Moderate)

- Frank Filz reported the NFSv4 client was missing a file permission check for the execute bit in some situations.
This could allow local, unprivileged users to run non-executable files on NFSv4 mounted file systems.
(CVE-2009-1630, Moderate)

- a missing check was found in the hypervisor_callback() function in the Linux kernel provided by the kernel-xen package. This could cause a denial of service of a 32-bit guest if an application running in that guest accesses a certain memory location in the kernel.
(CVE-2009-1758, Moderate)

- a flaw was found in the AGPGART driver. The agp_generic_alloc_page() and agp_generic_alloc_pages() functions did not zero out the memory pages they allocate, which may later be available to user-space processes. This flaw could possibly lead to an information leak. (CVE-2009-1192, Low)

Bug fixes :

- a race in the NFS client between destroying cached access rights and unmounting an NFS file system could have caused a system crash. 'Busy inodes' messages may have been logged. (BZ#498653)

- nanosleep() could sleep several milliseconds less than the specified time on Intel Itanium®-based systems.

- LEDs for disk drives in AHCI mode may have displayed a fault state when there were no faults. (BZ#500120)

- ptrace_do_wait() reported tasks were stopped each time the process doing the trace called wait(), instead of reporting it once. (BZ#486945)

- epoll_wait() may have caused a system lockup and problems for applications. (BZ#497322)

- missing capabilities could possibly allow users with an fsuid other than 0 to perform actions on some file system types that would otherwise be prevented.

- on NFS mounted file systems, heavy write loads may have blocked nfs_getattr() for long periods, causing commands that use stat(2), such as ls, to hang. (BZ#486926)

- in rare circumstances, if an application performed multiple O_DIRECT reads per virtual memory page and also performed fork(2), the buffer storing the result of the I/O may have ended up with invalid data. (BZ#486921)

- when using GFS2, gfs2_quotad may have entered an uninterpretable sleep state. (BZ#501742)

- with this update, get_random_int() is more random and no longer uses a common seed value, reducing the possibility of predicting the values returned.

- the '-fwrapv' flag was added to the gcc build options to prevent gcc from optimizing away wrapping. (BZ#501751)

- a kernel panic when enabling and disabling iSCSI paths.

- using the Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5704 network device with the tg3 driver caused high system load and very bad performance. (BZ#502837)

- '/proc/[pid]/maps' and '/proc/[pid]/smaps' can only be read by processes able to use the ptrace() call on a given process; however, certain information from '/proc/[pid]/stat' and '/proc/[pid]/wchan' could be used to reconstruct memory maps. (BZ#499546)

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


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 60599

File Name: sl_20090616_kernel_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: 1.6

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Updated: 2019/10/25

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 7.8

Vector: CVSS2#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: 2009/06/16

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2009/03/24

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-1072, CVE-2009-1192, CVE-2009-1439, CVE-2009-1630, CVE-2009-1633, CVE-2009-1758

CWE: 16, 119, 264, 399