SuSE 10 Security Update : Linux kernel (ZYPP Patch Number 8527)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 65960


The remote SuSE 10 host is missing a security-related patch.


This Linux kernel update fixes various security issues and bugs in the SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP4 kernel.

The following security issues have been fixed :

- A race condition in ptrace(2) could be used by local attackers to crash the kernel and/or execute code in kernel context. (CVE-2013-0871)

- Avoid side channel information leaks from the ptys via ptmx, which allowed local attackers to guess keypresses.

- Avoid leaving bprm->interp on the stack which might have leaked information from the kernel to userland attackers. (CVE-2012-4530)

- The msr_open function in arch/x86/kernel/msr.c in the Linux kernel allowed local users to bypass intended capability restrictions by executing a crafted application as root, as demonstrated by msr32.c.

- The Xen netback functionality in the Linux kernel allowed guest OS users to cause a denial of service (loop) by triggering ring pointer corruption.

- The pciback_enable_msi function in the PCI backend driver (drivers/xen/pciback/conf_space_capability_msi.c) in Xen for the Linux kernel allowed guest OS users with PCI device access to cause a denial of service via a large number of kernel log messages. NOTE: some of these details are obtained from third-party information.

Also the following non-security bugs have been fixed :

S/390 :

- s390x: tty struct used after free (bnc#809692, LTC#90216).

- s390x/kernel: sched_clock() overflow (bnc#799611, LTC#87978).

- qeth: set new mac even if old mac is gone (bnc#789012,LTC#86643).

- qeth: set new mac even if old mac is gone (2) (bnc#792697,LTC#87138).

- qeth: fix deadlock between recovery and bonding driver (bnc#785101,LTC#85905).

- dasd: check count address during online setting (bnc#781485,LTC#85346).

- hugetlbfs: add missing TLB invalidation (bnc#781485,LTC#85463).

- s390/kernel: make user-access pagetable walk code huge page aware (bnc#781485,LTC#85455).


- xen/netback: fix netbk_count_requests().

- xen: properly bound buffer access when parsing cpu/availability.

- xen/scsiback/usbback: move cond_resched() invocations to proper place.

- xen/pciback: properly clean up after calling pcistub_device_find().

- xen: add further backward-compatibility configure options.

- xen/PCI: suppress bogus warning on old hypervisors.

- xenbus: fix overflow check in xenbus_dev_write().

- xen/x86: do not corrupt %eip when returning from a signal handler. Other :

- kernel: Restrict clearing TIF_SIGPENDING. (bnc#742111)

- kernel: recalc_sigpending_tsk fixes. (bnc#742111)

- xfs: Do not reclaim new inodes in xfs_sync_inodes().

- jbd: Avoid BUG_ON when checkpoint stalls. (bnc#795335)

- reiserfs: Fix int overflow while calculating free space.

- cifs: clarify the meaning of tcpStatus == CifsGood.

- cifs: do not allow cifs_reconnect to exit with NULL socket pointer. (bnc#769093)

- cifs: switch to seq_files. (bnc#776370)

- scsi: fix check of PQ and PDT bits for WLUNs.

- hugetlb: preserve hugetlb pte dirty state. (bnc#790236)

- poll: enforce RLIMIT_NOFILE in poll(). (bnc#787272)

- proc: fix ->open less usage due to ->proc_fops flip.

- rpm/ Ignore kabi errors if %%ignore_kabi_badness is defined. This is used in the Kernel:* projects in the OBS.


Apply ZYPP patch number 8527.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 65960

File Name: suse_kernel-8527.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.3 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/04/13

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: cpe:/o:suse:suse_linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/cpu, Host/SuSE/release, Host/SuSE/rpm-list

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2013/03/26

Exploitable With


Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-4530, CVE-2013-0160, CVE-2013-0216, CVE-2013-0231, CVE-2013-0268, CVE-2013-0871