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

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 61082


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


The kernel packages contain the Linux kernel, the core of any Linux operating system.

This update fixes the following security issues :

- It was found that the receive hook in the ipip_init() function in the ipip module, and in the ipgre_init() function in the ip_gre module, could be called before network namespaces setup is complete. If packets were received at the time the ipip or ip_gre module was still being loaded into the kernel, it could cause a denial of service. (CVE-2011-1767, CVE-2011-1768, Moderate)

- It was found that an mmap() call with the MAP_PRIVATE flag on '/dev/zero' would create transparent hugepages and trigger a certain robustness check. A local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to cause a denial of service. (CVE-2011-2479, Moderate)

This update also fixes various bugs. Documentation for these bug fixes will be available shortly from the Technical Notes document linked to in the References section.

Users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to resolve these issues, and fix the bugs noted in the Technical Notes. The system must be rebooted for this update to take effect.


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 61082

File Name: sl_20110712_kernel_on_SL6_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.1 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Modified: 2012/08/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5.4

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:H/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: 2011/07/12

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-1767, CVE-2011-2479