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Debian Security Advisory DSA 454-1 (kernel-source-2.2.22, kernel-image-2.2.22-alpha)

Information

Severity

Severity

High

Family

Family

Debian Local Security Checks

CVSSv2 Base

CVSSv2 Base

7.2

CVSSv2 Vector

CVSSv2 Vector

AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Solution Type

Solution Type

Vendor Patch

Created

Created

14 years ago

Modified

Modified

5 years ago

Summary

The remote host is missing an update to kernel-source-2.2.22, kernel-image-2.2.22-alpha announced via advisory DSA 454-1.

Insight

Insight

Paul Starzetz and Wojciech Purczynski of isec.pl discovered a critical security vulnerability in the memory management code of Linux inside the mremap(2) system call. Due to flushing the TLB (Translation Lookaside Buffer, an address cache) too early it is possible for an attacker to trigger a local root exploit. The attack vectors for 2.4.x and 2.2.x kernels are exclusive for the respective kernel series, though. We formerly believed that the exploitable vulnerability in 2.4.x does not exist in 2.2.x which is still true. However, it turned out that a second (sort of) vulnerability is indeed exploitable in 2.2.x, but not in 2.4.x, with a different exploit, of course. For the stable distribution (woody) this problem has been fixed in the following versions and architectures: kernel-source-2.2.22 source 2.2.22-1woody1 kernel-image-2.2.22-alpha alpha 2.2.22-2 For the unstable distribution (sid) this problem will be fixed soon for the architectures that still ship a 2.2.x kernel package. We recommend that you upgrade your Linux kernel package.

Solution

Solution

https://secure1.securityspace.com/smysecure/catid.html?in=DSA%20454-1

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