Scientific Linux Security Update : kernel on SL6.x i386/x86_64

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 60965


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


This update fixes the following security issues :

- A divide-by-zero flaw was found in the tcp_select_initial_window() function in the Linux kernel's TCP/IP protocol suite implementation. A local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to trigger a denial of service by calling setsockopt() with certain options. (CVE-2010-4165, Moderate)

- A use-after-free flaw in the mprotect() system call in the Linux kernel could allow a local, unprivileged user to cause a local denial of service. (CVE-2010-4169, Moderate)

- A flaw was found in the Linux kernel execve() system call implementation. A local, unprivileged user could cause large amounts of memory to be allocated but not visible to the OOM (Out of Memory) killer, triggering a denial of service. (CVE-2010-4243, Moderate)

This update also fixes several bugs and adds two enhancements.

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


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 60965

File Name: sl_20110222_kernel_on_SL6_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.2 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Modified: 2016/04/29

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.9

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/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: 2011/02/22

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-4165, CVE-2010-4169, CVE-2010-4243