SUSE SLED12 / SLES12 Security Update : kdump (SUSE-SU-2016:2553-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 94271


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


This update for kdump provides several fixes and enhancements :

- Refresh kdumprd if /etc/hosts or /etc/nsswitch.conf is changed. (bsc#943214)

- Add a separate systemd service to rebuild kdumprd at boot. (bsc#943214)

- Improve network setup in the kdump environment by reading configuration from wicked by default (system configuration files are used as a fallback).

- Use the last mount entry in kdump_get_mountpoints().

- Remove 'notsc' from the kdump kernel command line.

- Handle dump files with many program headers.
(bsc#932339, bsc#970708)

- Fall back to stat() if file type is DT_UNKNOWN.

- Remove vm. sysctls from kdump initrd. (bsc#927451, bsc#987862)

- Use the exit code of kexec, not that of 'local'.

- Convert sysroot to a bind mount in kdump initrd.

- Distinguish between Xenlinux (aka Xenified or SUSE) and pvops Xen kernels, as the latter can run on bare metal.

- CVE-2016-5759: Use full path to dracut as argument to bash. (bsc#989972, bsc#990200)

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 Server 12-SP1:zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-SERVER-12-SP1-2016-1492=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12-SP1:zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-DESKTOP-12-SP1-2016-1492=1

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

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 94271

File Name: suse_SU-2016-2553-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.4 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/10/26

Modified: 2018/01/31

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.9

Temporal Score: 5.1

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC: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: p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kdump, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kdump-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:kdump-debugsource, cpe:/o:novell:suse_linux:12

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/cpu, Host/SuSE/release, Host/SuSE/rpm-list

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2016/10/17

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-5759

OSVDB: 146504