Scientific Linux Security Update : kernel on SL3.x i386/x86_64

high Nessus Plugin ID 60688


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


CVE-2008-5029 kernel: Unix sockets kernel panic

CVE-2008-5300 kernel: fix soft lockups/OOM issues with unix socket garbage collector

CVE-2009-1337 kernel: exit_notify: kill the wrong capable(CAP_KILL) check

CVE-2009-1385 kernel: e1000_clean_rx_irq() denial of service

CVE-2009-1895 kernel: personality: fix PER_CLEAR_ON_SETID

CVE-2009-2848 kernel: execve: must clear current->clear_child_tid

CVE-2009-3001, CVE-2009-3002 kernel: numerous getname() infoleaks 520300 - kernel: ipv4: make ip_append_data() handle NULL routing table [rhel-3]

CVE-2009-3547 kernel: fs: pipe.c NULL pointer dereference

Security fixes :

- 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)

- the sendmsg() function in the Linux kernel did not block during UNIX socket garbage collection. This could, potentially, lead to a local denial of service.
(CVE-2008-5300, Important)

- the exit_notify() function in the Linux kernel did not properly reset the exit signal if a process executed a set user ID (setuid) application before exiting. This could allow a local, unprivileged user to elevate their privileges. (CVE-2009-1337, Important)

- a flaw was found in the Intel PRO/1000 network driver in the Linux kernel. Frames with sizes near the MTU of an interface may be split across multiple hardware receive descriptors. Receipt of such a frame could leak through a validation check, leading to a corruption of the length check. A remote attacker could use this flaw to send a specially crafted packet that would cause a denial of service or code execution. (CVE-2009-1385, Important)

- the ADDR_COMPAT_LAYOUT and MMAP_PAGE_ZERO flags were not cleared when a setuid or setgid program was executed. A local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to bypass the mmap_min_addr protection mechanism and perform a NULL pointer dereference attack, or bypass the Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) security feature.
(CVE-2009-1895, Important)

- it was discovered that, when executing a new process, the clear_child_tid pointer in the Linux kernel is not cleared. If this pointer points to a writable portion of the memory of the new program, the kernel could corrupt four bytes of memory, possibly leading to a local denial of service or privilege escalation. (CVE-2009-2848, Important)

- missing initialization flaws were found in getname() implementations in the IrDA sockets, AppleTalk DDP protocol, NET/ROM protocol, and ROSE protocol implementations in the Linux kernel. Certain data structures in these getname() implementations were not initialized properly before being copied to user-space.
These flaws could lead to an information leak.
(CVE-2009-3002, Important)

- a NULL pointer dereference flaw was found in each of the following functions in the Linux kernel:
pipe_read_open(), pipe_write_open(), and pipe_rdwr_open(). When the mutex lock is not held, the i_pipe pointer could be released by other processes before it is used to update the pipe's reader and writer counters. This could lead to a local denial of service or privilege escalation. (CVE-2009-3547, Important)

Bug fixes :

- this update adds the mmap_min_addr tunable and restriction checks to help prevent unprivileged users from creating new memory mappings below the minimum address. This can help prevent the exploitation of NULL pointer dereference bugs. Note that mmap_min_addr is set to zero (disabled) by default for backwards compatibility. (BZ#512642)

- a bridge reference count problem in IPv6 has been fixed.

- enforce null-termination of user-supplied arguments to setsockopt(). (BZ#505514)

- the gcc flag '-fno-delete-null-pointer-checks' was added to the kernel build options. This prevents gcc from optimizing out NULL pointer checks after the first use of a pointer. NULL pointer bugs are often exploited by attackers. Keeping these checks is a safety measure.

- a check has been added to the IPv4 code to make sure that rt is not NULL, to help prevent future bugs in functions that call ip_append_data() from being exploitable. (BZ#520300)

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


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 60688

File Name: sl_20091103_kernel_on_SL3_x.nasl

Version: 1.11

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 8/1/2012

Updated: 1/14/2021

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Critical

Score: 9.0


Risk Factor: High

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 11/3/2009

Vulnerability Publication Date: 11/10/2008

Exploitable With


Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-5029, CVE-2008-5300, CVE-2009-1337, CVE-2009-1385, CVE-2009-1895, CVE-2009-2848, CVE-2009-3001, CVE-2009-3002, CVE-2009-3547

CWE: 16, 189, 200, 264, 362, 399