Debian DLA-609-1 : linux security update

high Nessus Plugin ID 93321


The remote Debian host is missing a security update.


This update fixes the CVEs described below.


Chiachih Wu reported two bugs in the ARM OABI compatibility layer that can be used by local users for privilege escalation. The OABI compatibility layer is enabled in all kernel flavours for armel and armhf.


Wade Mealing of the Red Hat Product Security Team reported that in some error cases the KEYS subsystem will dereference an uninitialised pointer. A local user can use the keyctl() system call for denial of service (crash) or possibly for privilege escalation.


Yue Cao, Zhiyun Qian, Zhongjie Wang, Tuan Dao, and Srikanth V.
Krishnamurthy of the University of California, Riverside; and Lisa M.
Marvel of the United States Army Research Laboratory discovered that Linux's implementation of the TCP Challenge ACK feature results in a side channel that can be used to find TCP connections between specific IP addresses, and to inject messages into those connections.

Where a service is made available through TCP, this may allow remote attackers to impersonate another connected user to the server or to impersonate the server to another connected user. In case the service uses a protocol with message authentication (e.g. TLS or SSH), this vulnerability only allows denial of service (connection failure). An attack takes tens of seconds, so short-lived TCP connections are also unlikely to be vulnerable.

This may be mitigated by increasing the rate limit for TCP Challenge ACKs so that it is never exceeded: sysctl net.ipv4.tcp_challenge_ack_limit=1000000000


Several heap-based buffer overflow vulnerabilities were found in the hiddev driver, allowing a local user with access to a HID device to cause a denial of service or potentially escalate their privileges.


Pengfei Wang discovered that the audit subsystem has a 'double-fetch' or 'TOCTTOU' bug in its handling of special characters in the name of an executable. Where audit logging of execve() is enabled, this allows a local user to generate misleading log messages.


Pengfei Wang discovered that the aacraid driver for Adaptec RAID controllers has a 'double-fetch' or 'TOCTTOU' bug in its validation of 'FIB' messages passed through the ioctl() system call. This has no practical security impact in current Debian releases.


Marco Grassi reported a 'use-after-free' bug in the TCP implementation, which can be triggered by local users. The security impact is unclear, but might include denial of service or privilege escalation.


Marcin Szewczyk reported that calling fcntl() on a file descriptor for a directory on an aufs filesystem would result in am 'oops'. This allows local users to cause a denial of service. This is a Debian-specific regression introduced in version 3.2.81-1.

For Debian 7 'Wheezy', these problems have been fixed in version 3.2.81-2. This version also fixes a build failure (bug #827561) for custom kernels with CONFIG_MODULES disabled, a regression in version 3.2.81-1. It also updates the PREEMPT_RT featureset to version 3.2.81-rt117.

For Debian 8 'Jessie', CVE-2016-3857 has no impact; CVE-2016-4470 and CVE-2016-5829 were fixed in linux version 3.16.7-ckt25-2+deb8u3 or earlier; and the remaining issues are fixed in version 3.16.36-1+deb8u1.

We recommend that you upgrade your linux packages.

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


Upgrade the affected linux package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 93321

File Name: debian_DLA-609.nasl

Version: 2.7

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 9/6/2016

Updated: 1/11/2021

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 7.3

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


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 7

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/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: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: 9/3/2016

Vulnerability Publication Date: 6/27/2016

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-3857, CVE-2016-4470, CVE-2016-5696, CVE-2016-5829, CVE-2016-6136, CVE-2016-6480, CVE-2016-6828, CVE-2016-7118