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Vulnerability Assessment Details

MDKSA-2004:001: kernel

Vulnerability Assessment Summary
Check for the version of the kernel package

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment

The remote host is missing the patch for the advisory MDKSA-2004:001 (kernel).


A flaw in bounds checking in mremap() in the Linux kernel versions 2.4.23 and
previous was discovered by Paul Starzetz. This flaw may be used to permit a local
attacker to obtain root privilege.
Another minor information leak in the RTC (real time clock) routines was fixed
as well.
All Mandrake Linux users are encouraged to upgrade to these packages
immediately. To update your kernel, please follow the directions located at:
http://www.mandrakesecure.net/en/kernelupdate.php
Mandrake Linux 9.1 and 9.2 users should upgrade the initscripts (9.1) and
bootloader-utils (9.2) packages prior to upgrading the kernel as they contain a
fixed installkernel script that fixes instances where the loop module was not
being loaded and would cause mkinitrd to fail.
Users requiring commercial NVIDIA drivers can find drivers for Mandrake Linux
9.2 at MandrakeClub.


Solution : http://wwwnew.mandriva.com/security/advisories?name=MDKSA-2004:001
Network Security Threat Level: High

Networks Security ID: 9154, 9356

Vulnerability Assessment Copyright: This script is Copyright (C) 2004 Tenable Network Security

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