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

high Nessus Plugin ID 60912
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The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


Security fixes :

- A flaw in sctp_packet_config() in the Linux kernel's Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP) implementation could allow a remote attacker to cause a denial of service. (CVE-2010-3432, Important)

- A missing integer overflow check in snd_ctl_new() in the Linux kernel's sound subsystem could allow a local, unprivileged user on a 32-bit system to cause a denial of service or escalate their privileges. (CVE-2010-3442, Important)

Bug fixes :

- Forward time drift was observed on virtual machines using PM timer-based kernel tick accounting and running on KVM or the Microsoft Hyper-V Server hypervisor.
Virtual machines that were booted with the divider=x kernel parameter set to a value greater than 1 and that showed the following in the kernel boot messages were subject to this issue :

time.c: Using PM based timekeeping

Fine grained accounting for the PM timer is introduced which eliminates this issue. However, this fix uncovered a bug in the Xen hypervisor, possibly causing backward time drift. If this erratum is installed in Xen HVM guests that meet the aforementioned conditions, it is recommended that the host use kernel-xen-2.6.18-194.26.1.el5 or newer, which includes a fix (BZ#641915) for the backward time drift.

- With multipath enabled, systems would occasionally halt when the do_cciss_request function was used. This was caused by wrongly-generated requests. Additional checks have been added to avoid the aforementioned issue.

- A Sun X4200 system equipped with a QLogic HBA spontaneously rebooted and logged a Hyper-Transport Sync Flood Error to the system event log. A Maximum Memory Read Byte Count restriction was added to fix this bug.

- For an active/backup bonding network interface with VLANs on top of it, when a link failed over, it took a minute for the multicast domain to be rejoined. This was caused by the driver not sending any IGMP join packets.
The driver now sends IGMP join packets and the multicast domain is rejoined immediately. (BZ#641002)

- Replacing a disk and trying to rebuild it afterwards caused the system to panic. When a domain validation request for a hot plugged drive was sent, the mptscsi driver did not validate its existence. This could result in the driver accessing random memory and causing the crash. A check has been added that describes the newly-added device and reloads the iocPg3 data from the firmware if needed. (BZ#641137)

- An attempt to create a VLAN interface on a bond of two bnx2 adapters in two switch configurations resulted in a soft lockup after a few seconds. This was caused by an incorrect use of a bonding pointer. With this update, soft lockups no longer occur and creating a VLAN interface works as expected. (BZ#641254)

- Erroneous pointer checks could have caused a kernel panic. This was due to a critical value not being copied when a network buffer was duplicated and consumed by multiple portions of the kernel's network stack. Fixing the copy operation resolved this bug. (BZ#642746)

- A typo in a variable name caused it to be dereferenced in either mkdir() or create() which could cause a kernel panic. (BZ#643342)

- SCSI high level drivers can submit SCSI commands which would never be completed when the device was offline.
This was caused by a missing callback for the request to complete the given command. SCSI requests are now terminated by calling their callback when a device is offline. (BZ#644816)

- A kernel panic could have occurred on systems due to a recursive lock in the 3c59x driver. Recursion is now avoided and this kernel panic no longer occurs.

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


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 60912

File Name: sl_20101201_kernel_on_SL4_x.nasl

Version: 1.6

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 8/1/2012

Updated: 1/14/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.6


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Vector: 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: 12/1/2010

Vulnerability Publication Date: 10/4/2010

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-3432, CVE-2010-3442