Debian DSA-2992-1 : linux - security update

high Nessus Plugin ID 76884


The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


Several vulnerabilities have been discovered in the Linux kernel that may lead to a denial of service or privilege escalation :

- CVE-2014-3534 Martin Schwidefsky of IBM discovered that the ptrace subsystem does not properly sanitize the psw mask value.
On s390 systems, an unprivileged local user could use this flaw to set address space control bits to kernel space combination and thus gain read/write access to kernel memory.

- CVE-2014-4667 Gopal Reddy Kodudula of Nokia Siemens Networks discovered that the sctp_association_free function does not properly manage a certain backlog value, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (socket outage) via a crafted SCTP packet.

- CVE-2014-4943 Sasha Levin discovered a flaw in the Linux kernel's point-to-point protocol (PPP) when used with the Layer Two Tunneling Protocol (L2TP). An unprivileged local user could use this flaw for privilege escalation.


Upgrade the linux packages.

For the stable distribution (wheezy), these problems have been fixed in version 3.2.60-1+deb7u3.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 76884

File Name: debian_DSA-2992.nasl

Version: 1.11

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 7/30/2014

Updated: 1/11/2021

Supported Sensors: Agentless Assessment, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Critical

Score: 9.4


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 5.6

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

Temporal Vector: E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:linux, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:7.0

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 7/29/2014

Vulnerability Publication Date: 7/3/2014

Exploitable With


Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-3534, CVE-2014-4667, CVE-2014-4943

BID: 68224, 68683

DSA: 2992