Scientific Linux Security Update : kernel on SL7.x x86_64

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 93071


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


It was found that the RFC 5961 challenge ACK rate limiting as implemented in the Linux kernel's networking subsystem allowed an off-path attacker to leak certain information about a given connection by creating congestion on the global challenge ACK rate limit counter and then measuring the changes by probing packets. An off-path attacker could use this flaw to either terminate TCP connection and/or inject payload into non-secured TCP connection between two endpoints on the network. (CVE-2016-5696, Important)


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 93071

File Name: sl_20160818_kernel_on_SL7_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.2 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/08/22

Modified: 2016/10/19

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5.8

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


Base Score: 4.8

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

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

Patch Publication Date: 2016/08/18

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-5696