Scientific Linux Security Update : kernel on SL5.x i386/x86_64

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 65241


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


This update fixes the following security issues :

- A flaw was found in the way file permission checks for the '/dev/cpu/[x]/msr' files were performed in restricted root environments (for example, when using a capability-based security model). A local user with the ability to write to these files could use this flaw to escalate their privileges to kernel level, for example, by writing to the SYSENTER_EIP_MSR register.
(CVE-2013-0268, Important)

- A race condition was found in the way the Linux kernel's ptrace implementation handled PTRACE_SETREGS requests when the debuggee was woken due to a SIGKILL signal instead of being stopped. A local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to escalate their privileges.
(CVE-2013-0871, Important)

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


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 65241

File Name: sl_20130311_kernel_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.2 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/03/13

Modified: 2014/07/14

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.9

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/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: 2013/03/11

Exploitable With


Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-0268, CVE-2013-0871