SUSE SLED12 / SLES12 Security Update : kernel (SUSE-SU-2016:1019-1)

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 90531


The remote SUSE host is missing one or more security updates.


The SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP1 kernel was updated to 3.12.57 to receive various security and bugfixes.

The following security bugs were fixed :

- CVE-2015-8812: A flaw was found in the CXGB3 kernel driver when the network was considered congested. The kernel would incorrectly misinterpret the congestion as an error condition and incorrectly free/clean up the skb. When the device would then send the skb's queued, these structures would be referenced and may panic the system or allow an attacker to escalate privileges in a use-after-free scenario. (bsc#966437)

- CVE-2015-8816: A malicious USB device could cause a kernel crash in the USB hub driver. (bnc#968010).

- CVE-2016-2143: On zSeries a fork of a large process could have caused memory corruption due to incorrect page table handling. (bnc#970504)

- CVE-2016-2184: A malicious USB device could cause a kernel crash in the alsa usb-audio driver. (bsc#971125).

- CVE-2016-2384: A malicious USB device could cause a kernel crash in the alsa usb-audio driver. (bsc#966693)

- CVE-2016-2782: A malicious USB device could cause a kernel crash in the usb visor driver. (bnc#968670).

- CVE-2016-3139: A malicious USB device could cause a kernel crash in the wacom driver. (bnc#970909).

- CVE-2016-3156: Removal of ipv4 interfaces with a large number of IP addresses was taking very long.

- CVE-2015-8709: kernel/ptrace.c in the Linux kernel mishandled uid and gid mappings, which allowed local users to gain privileges by establishing a user namespace, waiting for a root process to enter that namespace with an unsafe uid or gid, and then using the ptrace system call. NOTE: the vendor states 'there is no kernel bug here (bnc#960561).

The update package also includes non-security fixes. See advisory for details.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the SUSE security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


To install this SUSE Security Update use YaST online_update.
Alternatively you can run the command listed for your product :

SUSE Linux Enterprise Workstation Extension 12-SP1 :

zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-WE-12-SP1-2016-600=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Software Development Kit 12-SP1 :

zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-SDK-12-SP1-2016-600=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12-SP1 :

zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-SERVER-12-SP1-2016-600=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Module for Public Cloud 12 :

zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-Module-Public-Cloud-12-2016-600=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching 12 :

zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-Live-Patching-12-2016-600=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12-SP1 :

zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-DESKTOP-12-SP1-2016-600=1

To bring your system up-to-date, use 'zypper patch'.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 90531

File Name: suse_SU-2016-1019-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.9 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/04/15

Modified: 2017/12/28

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 7.8

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

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


Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 8.8

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:P/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-default, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-default-base, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-default-base-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-default-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-default-debugsource, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-default-devel, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-default-extra, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-default-extra-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-default-man, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-syms, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-xen, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-xen-base, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-xen-base-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-xen-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-xen-debugsource, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kernel-xen-devel, cpe:/o:novell:suse_linux:12

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: 2016/04/12

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-8709, CVE-2015-8812, CVE-2015-8816, CVE-2016-2143, CVE-2016-2184, CVE-2016-2384, CVE-2016-2782, CVE-2016-3139, CVE-2016-3156

OSVDB: 132475, 134512, 134538, 134938, 135143, 135875, 135877, 135943, 135975