Ubuntu 12.10 : linux regression (USN-1699-2)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 64434


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


USN-1699-1 fixed vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel. Due to an unrelated regression inotify/fanotify stopped working after upgrading.
This update fixes the problem.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Jon Howell reported a flaw in the Linux kernel's KVM (Kernel-based virtual machine) subsystem's handling of the XSAVE CPU feature. On hosts without the XSAVE CPU feature, using qemu userspace, an unprivileged local attacker could exploit this flaw to crash the system. (CVE-2012-4461)

A flaw was discovered in the Linux kernel's handling of script execution when module loading is enabled. A local attacker could exploit this flaw to cause a leak of kernel stack contents. (CVE-2012-4530)

Florian Weimer discovered that hypervkvpd, which is distributed in the Linux kernel, was not correctly validating source addresses of netlink packets. An untrusted local user can cause a denial of service by causing hypervkvpd to exit. (CVE-2012-5532).

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 linux-image-3.5-generic and / or linux-image-3.5-highbank packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 64434

File Name: ubuntu_USN-1699-2.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.6 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/02/04

Modified: 2016/10/26

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.9

Temporal Score: 4.3

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-3.5-generic, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-3.5-highbank, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.10

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2013/02/01

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-4461, CVE-2012-4530, CVE-2012-5532

BID: 55878, 56414, 56710

USN: 1699-2