Scientific Linux Security Update : kernel on SL7.x x86_64 (Dirty COW)

High Nessus Plugin ID 94248


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


Security Fix(es) :

- A race condition was found in the way the Linux kernel's memory subsystem handled the copy-on-write (COW) breakage of private read-only memory mappings. An unprivileged, local user could use this flaw to gain write access to otherwise read-only memory mappings and thus increase their privileges on the system.
(CVE-2016-5195, Important)


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 94248

File Name: sl_20161024_kernel_on_SL7_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.13 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/10/25

Modified: 2017/01/16

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

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


Base Score: 7.8

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

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2016/10/24

Exploitable With


Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-5195

IAVA: 2016-A-0306