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Vulnerability Assessment Details

SUSE-SA:2004:024: 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
SUSE-SA:2004:024 (kernel).

This kernel is vulnerable to a race condition in the 64-bit
file offset handling code.

The file offset pointer (f_pos) is changed during reading, writing, and
seeking through a file to point to the current position in a file.
The Linux kernel offers a 32bit and a 64bit API. Unfortunately the
value conversion between this two APIs as well as the access to the f_pos
pointer is defective.

A possible hacker, exploiting this flaw, would need local access to the
machine. Upon successful exploitation, a possible hacker would be able
to read potentially confidential kernel memory.

Additionally a bug in the implementation of chown(2) for updating inode
times, and a denial-of-service condition that can occur while handling
signals was fixed.

Solution : http://www.suse.de/security/2004_24_kernel.html

Network Security Threat Level: High

Networks Security ID: 10852

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

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