Ubuntu 12.04 LTS : linux vulnerability (USN-1669-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 63296


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


A flaw was discovered in the Linux kernel's handling of new hot-plugged memory. An unprivileged local user could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service by crashing the system.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 63296

File Name: ubuntu_USN-1669-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.6 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/12/19

Modified: 2016/10/26

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:H/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-3.2-generic, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-3.2-generic-pae, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-3.2-highbank, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-3.2-virtual, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Patch Publication Date: 2012/12/18

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-5517

USN: 1669-1