Ubuntu 16.04 LTS : linux vulnerability (USN-3128-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 94733


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


Ondrej Kozina discovered that the keyring interface in the Linux kernel contained a buffer overflow when displaying timeout events via the /proc/keys interface. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash).

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


Update the affected packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 94733

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3128-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.4 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/11/11

Modified: 2016/12/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.9

Temporal Score: 3.3

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:UC


Base Score: 6.2

Temporal Score: 5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:U

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-4.4-generic, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-4.4-generic-lpae, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-4.4-lowlatency, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-generic, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-generic-lpae, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-lowlatency, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:linux-image-virtual, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2016/11/11

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-7042

OSVDB: 145585

USN: 3128-1