Scientific Linux Security Update : kernel on SL5.x i386/x86_64 (20130926)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 70188


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


This update fixes the following security issues :

- A use-after-free flaw was found in the madvise() system call implementation in the Linux kernel. A local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to cause a denial of service or, potentially, escalate their privileges.
(CVE-2012-3511, Moderate)

- A flaw was found in the way the Linux kernel's TCP/IP protocol suite implementation handled IPv6 sockets that used the UDP_CORK option. A local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to cause a denial of service.
(CVE-2013-4162, Moderate)

- An information leak flaw in the Linux kernel could allow a local, unprivileged user to leak kernel memory to user-space. (CVE-2013-2141, Low)

This update also fixes the following bugs :

- A bug in the be2net driver prevented communication between NICs using be2net. This update applies a patch addressing this problem along with several other upstream patches that fix various other problems.
Traffic between NICs using the be2net driver now proceeds as expected.

- A recent patch fixing a problem that prevented communication between NICs using the be2net driver caused the firmware of NICs to become unresponsive, and thus triggered a kernel panic. The problem was caused by unnecessary usage of a hardware workaround that allows skipping VLAN tag insertion. A patch has been applied and the workaround is now used only when the multi-channel configuration is enabled on the NIC. Note that the bug only affected the NICs with firmware version 4.2.xxxx.

- A bug in the autofs4 mount expiration code could cause the autofs4 module to falsely report a busy tree of NFS mounts as 'not in use'. Consequently, automount attempted to unmount the tree and failed with a 'failed to umount offset' error, leaving the mount tree to appear as empty directories. A patch has been applied to remove an incorrectly used autofs dentry mount check and the aforementioned problem no longer occurs.

- A race condition in the be_open function in the be2net driver could trigger the BUG_ON() macro, which resulted in a kernel panic. A patch addressing this problem has been applied and the race condition is now avoided by enabling polling before enabling interrupts globally.
The kernel no longer panics in this situation.

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


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 70188

File Name: sl_20130926_kernel_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: 1.6

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 9/28/2013

Updated: 1/14/2021

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.2

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-PAE, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-PAE-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-PAE-devel, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-debug, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-debug-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-debug-devel, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-debuginfo-common, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-devel, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-doc, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-headers, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-xen, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-xen-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-xen-devel, 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: 9/26/2013

Vulnerability Publication Date: 10/4/2012

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-3511, CVE-2013-2141, CVE-2013-4162