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

High Nessus Plugin ID 60859


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


This update fixes the following security issue :

- The compat_alloc_user_space() function in the Linux kernel 32/64-bit compatibility layer implementation was missing sanity checks. This function could be abused in other areas of the Linux kernel if its length argument can be controlled from user-space. On 64-bit systems, a local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to escalate their privileges. (CVE-2010-3081, Important)

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


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 60859

File Name: sl_20100921_kernel_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.10 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Modified: 2015/01/15

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/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: 2010/09/21

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-3081