Scientific Linux Security Update : kernel on SL4.x i386/x86_64

medium Nessus Plugin ID 60682


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


CVE-2005-4881 kernel: netlink: fix numerous padding memleaks

CVE-2009-3228 kernel: tc: uninitialised kernel memory leak

This update fixes the following security issues :

- multiple, missing initialization flaws were found in the Linux kernel. Padding data in several core network structures was not initialized properly before being sent to user-space. These flaws could lead to information leaks. (CVE-2005-4881, CVE-2009-3228, Moderate)

This update also fixes the following bugs :

- a packet duplication issue was fixed via the RHSA-2008:0665 update; however, the fix introduced a problem for systems using network bonding: Backup slaves were unable to receive ARP packets. When using network bonding in the 'active-backup' mode and with the 'arp_validate=3' option, the bonding driver considered such backup slaves as being down (since they were not receiving ARP packets), preventing successful failover to these devices. (BZ#519384)

- due to insufficient memory barriers in the network code, a process sleeping in select() may have missed notifications about new data. In rare cases, this bug may have caused a process to sleep forever. (BZ#519386)

- the driver version number in the ata_piix driver was not changed between Scientific Linux 4.7 and Scientific Linux 4.8, even though changes had been made between these releases. This could have prevented the driver from loading on systems that check driver versions, as this driver appeared older than it was. (BZ#519389)

- a bug in nlm_lookup_host() could have led to un-reclaimed locks on file systems, resulting in the umount command failing. This bug could have also prevented NFS services from being relocated correctly in clustered environments. (BZ#519656)

- the data buffer ethtool_get_strings() allocated, for the igb driver, was smaller than the amount of data that was copied in igb_get_strings(), because of a miscalculation in IGB_QUEUE_STATS_LEN, resulting in memory corruption.
This bug could have led to a kernel panic. (BZ#522738)

- in some situations, write operations to a TTY device were blocked even when the O_NONBLOCK flag was used. A reported case of this issue occurred when a single TTY device was opened by two users (one using blocking mode, and the other using non-blocking mode). (BZ#523930)

- a deadlock was found in the cciss driver. In rare cases, this caused an NMI lockup during boot. Messages such as 'cciss: controller cciss[x] failed, stopping.' and 'cciss[x]: controller not responding.' may have been displayed on the console. (BZ#525725)

- on 64-bit PowerPC systems, a rollover bug in the ibmveth driver could have caused a kernel panic. In a reported case, this panic occurred on a system with a large uptime and under heavy network load. (BZ#527225)

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


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 60682

File Name: sl_20091022_kernel_on_SL4_x.nasl

Version: 1.6

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 8/1/2012

Updated: 1/14/2021

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.4


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 4.9

Vector: AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:N/A:N

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: 10/22/2009

Vulnerability Publication Date: 10/19/2009

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-4881, CVE-2009-3228

CWE: 200