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Debian Security Advisory: multiple kernel problems

Apr 16, 2001, 01:21 (0 Talkback[s])
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 02:08:20 +0200
From: Wichert Akkerman <wichert@cistron.nl>
Subject: [SECURITY] [DSA-047-1] multiple kernel problems

Debian Security Advisory DSA-047-1                   security@debian.org
http://www.debian.org/security/                         Wichert Akkerman

April 16, 2001


Package : various kernel packages Problem type : multiple
Debian-specific: no

The kernels used in Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 have been found to have multiple security problems. This is a list of problems based on the 2.2.19 release notes as found on http://www.linux.org.uk/ :

  • binfmt_misc used user pages directly
  • the CPIA driver had an off-by-one error in the buffer code which made it possible for users to write into kernel memory
  • the CPUID and MSR drivers had a problem in the module unloading code which could case a system crash if they were set to automatically load and unload (please note that Debian does not automatically unload kernel modules)
  • There was a possible hang in the classifier code
  • The getsockopt and setsockopt system calls did not handle sign bits correctly which made a local DoS and other attacks possible
  • The sysctl system call did not handle sign bits correctly which allowed a user to write in kernel memory
  • ptrace/exec races that could give a local user extra privileges
  • possible abuse of a boundary case in the sockfilter code
  • SYSV shared memory code could overwrite recently freed memory which might cause problems
  • The packet length checks in the masquerading code were a bit lax (probably not exploitable)
  • Some x86 assembly bugs caused the wrong number of bytes to be copied.
  • A local user could deadlock the kernel due to bugs in the UDP port allocation.

All these problems are fixed in the 2.2.19 kernel, and it is highly recommend that you upgrade machines to this kernel.

Please note that kernel upgrades are not done automatically. You will have to explicitly tell the packaging system to install the right kernel for your system.

wget url

will fetch the file for you
dpkg -i file.deb

will install the referenced file.

Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 alias potato


Potato was released for alpha, arm, i386, m68k, powerpc and sparc.

  Source archives:
    http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/kernel-source-2.2.19_2.2.19-2.diff.gz
      MD5 checksum: a9af2a263acb565c14b8e35a5ec0063d
    http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/kernel-source-2.2.19_2.2.19-2.dsc
      MD5 checksum: eea36e9f1a5e78e23707209435816c44
    http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/kernel-source-2.2.19_2.2.19.orig.tar.gz
      MD5 checksum: 5216e45ac7df609b88fa5a5ea4b77292


http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/kernel-image-2.2.19-alpha_2.2.19-1.dsc MD5 checksum: 6fa11b926f013cefb59e84021967c3df http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/kernel-image-2.2.19-alpha_2.2.19-1.tar.gz MD5 checksum: 1a737c90c77d1f8b27284f1a25be3c3b http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/kernel-patch-2.2.19-arm_20010414.dsc MD5 checksum: c72c7bada4509cff940d849508a1113b http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/kernel-patch-2.2.19-arm_20010414.tar.gz MD5 checksum: ff6f6a2ac075e62e02c7de5a9c4fd9c6 http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/kernel-image-2.2.19-i386_2.2.19-2.dsc MD5 checksum: 41cd5f078230fca7c24671f54b32027b http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/kernel-image-2.2.19-i386_2.2.19-2.tar.gz MD5 checksum: 3b36e6739898c65e1f6288bbefb7af6b http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/kernel-headers-2.2.19-m68k_2.2.19-2.dsc MD5 checksum: 3e517ec964d39a22b8c3cb79eaeb6400 http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/kernel-headers-2.2.19-m68k_2.2.19-2.tar.gz MD5 checksum: 8763a73562e4c677a05b166bcacc93da http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/kernel-patch-2.2.19-m68k_2.2.19-2.dsc MD5 checksum: c94534d34fe3ba14a9119adbf19096c0 http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/kernel-patch-2.2.19-m68k_2.2.19-2.tar.gz MD5 checksum: aeb1ee939f8bbb94ed0132f397d47ac2 http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/kernel-patch-2.2.19-powerpc_2.2.19-2.dsc MD5 checksum: 05c706e6a4306ad00bc94dd07dc190ac http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/kernel-patch-2.2.19-powerpc_2.2.19-2.tar.gz MD5 checksum: 312dba940c39d17dd04bdd778c80642c http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/kernel-image-sparc-2.2_6.dsc MD5 checksum: 49721aa22e7eae7d918b3d69bc39e740 http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/kernel-image-sparc-2.2_6.tar.gz MD5 checksum: e27c53792aedda23e22068aec8f3ea5f Architecture indendent archives: http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-all/kernel-doc-2.2.19_2.2.19-2_all.deb MD5 checksum: 977c4967d24a599ac96c1694b94249c1 http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-all/kernel-source-2.2.19_2.2.19-2_all.deb MD5 checksum: 2204dbc7376eb70f819da6f00c84b2b8 http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-all/kernel-headers-2.2.19-sparc_6_all.deb MD5 checksum: 3460ea5ad90f3abb9a51edb6dcc05a45 http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-all/kernel-patch-2.2.19-arm_20010414_all.deb MD5 checksum: fd4b9ca3b09b8c19185dd50bb92fbdf1 http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-all/kernel-patch-2.2.19-m68k_2.2.19-2_all.deb MD5 checksum: 90b042868ca48de9e469f9b9fc39ebbe http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-all/kernel-patch-2.2.19-powerpc_2.2.19-2_all.deb MD5 checksum: 4aef036047535e69f591b7c6619d9ef6 ARM architecture: http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-arm/kernel-image-2.2.19-riscpc_20010414_arm.deb MD5 checksum: e25f76a5d9b9171bc9ea173dd80bc673 Alpha architecture: http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-alpha/kernel-headers-2.2.19_2.2.19-1_alpha.deb MD5 checksum: 6a9508bde726f9411eecefa1be04254a http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-alpha/kernel-image-2.2.19-generic_2.2.19-1_alpha.deb MD5 checksum: aabfecc9638cbbcc724bbd061887accc http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-alpha/kernel-image-2.2.19-jensen_2.2.19-1_alpha.deb MD5 checksum: 35e5524f37759d2147ab95b0169570f5 http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-alpha/kernel-image-2.2.19-nautilus_2.2.19-1_alpha.deb MD5 checksum: bb5954c0f4cbfec8f521edd92a7221d8 http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-alpha/kernel-image-2.2.19-smp_2.2.19-1_alpha.deb MD5 checksum: c508ab39e2c6eab0c86ef503027c3830 Motorola 680x0 architecture: http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-m68k/kernel-headers-2.2.19_2.2.19-2_m68k.deb MD5 checksum: 884c0508f2b586c1b5e5633af814947f http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-m68k/kernel-image-2.2.19-amiga_2.2.19-1_m68k.deb MD5 checksum: 936596a22481dd5fca115c05b04ecc0e http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-m68k/kernel-image-2.2.19-atari_2.2.19-1_m68k.deb MD5 checksum: 51d9694b7ed80122b3567e4a303fabf8 http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-m68k/kernel-image-2.2.19-bvme6000_2.2.19-1_m68k.deb MD5 checksum: 2078afa46e9569c1a3662779dae92750 http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-m68k/kernel-image-2.2.19-mac_2.2.19-2_m68k.deb MD5 checksum: 961781b2c9c448eac2fee4d824bbd95b http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-m68k/kernel-image-2.2.19-mvme147_2.2.19-1_m68k.deb MD5 checksum: 5c7e7a84c8cda3356eb3fc6bcc9f2dda http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-m68k/kernel-image-2.2.19-mvme16x_2.2.19-1_m68k.deb MD5 checksum: 179e4df3fcff08edab327259bad39c46 Intel ia32 architecture: http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-i386/kernel-headers-2.2.19-compact_2.2.19-2_i386.deb MD5 checksum: 420eeaf867d788d07baf34dc90b3cc9e http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-i386/kernel-headers-2.2.19-ide_2.2.19-2_i386.deb MD5 checksum: 6f0c192ba9b5cf5227ddca8ff879825d http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-i386/kernel-headers-2.2.19-idepci_2.2.19-2_i386.deb MD5 checksum: ef6fda75bb5aeeca964c87a1c1908e0d http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-i386/kernel-headers-2.2.19_2.2.19-2_i386.deb MD5 checksum: a1923d3db95e834a1813e97e39bbfba6 http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-i386/kernel-image-2.2.19-compact_2.2.19-2_i386.deb MD5 checksum: 6a7462e3da7d41b80e53b7ad82487e67 http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-i386/kernel-image-2.2.19-ide_2.2.19-2_i386.deb MD5 checksum: c698b41ea229adc0960bf09958f49d5a http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-i386/kernel-image-2.2.19-idepci_2.2.19-2_i386.deb MD5 checksum: f304bdc04cc27828a97ded4f7d019db3 http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-i386/kernel-image-2.2.19_2.2.19-2_i386.deb MD5 checksum: dffe4d2a70ce45bfaa334f6f7535fdd9 PowerPC architecture: http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-powerpc/kernel-headers-2.2.19_2.2.19-2_powerpc.deb MD5 checksum: 95fee994109843586ee1e779761b100c http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-powerpc/kernel-image-2.2.19-chrp_2.2.19-2_powerpc.deb MD5 checksum: cd8cd654038523a6c93733a0fd32e5c0 http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-powerpc/kernel-image-2.2.19-pmac_2.2.19-2_powerpc.deb MD5 checksum: 0199f7574b87f5366e415e57ff86fe4f http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-powerpc/kernel-image-2.2.19-prep_2.2.19-2_powerpc.deb MD5 checksum: fbaf42e487b42441491e1132c26e9a12 Sun Sparc architecture: http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-sparc/kernel-image-2.2.19-sun4cdm_6_sparc.deb MD5 checksum: 07ab853e717dbce85ce1b865544013c4 http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-sparc/kernel-image-2.2.19-sun4dm-pci_6_sparc.deb MD5 checksum: be3bcbcad5b5760cc1e70c7d9f7cf8fc http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-sparc/kernel-image-2.2.19-sun4dm-smp_6_sparc.deb MD5 checksum: 30e20ba605c04d1742cedcb16deaf34a http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-sparc/kernel-image-2.2.19-sun4u-smp_6_sparc.deb MD5 checksum: a2a2392a45be24df0dc10ab01191e435 http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-sparc/kernel-image-2.2.19-sun4u_6_sparc.deb MD5 checksum: a02d4e828ca09d964fb9cb95fc71ac1d

These packages will be moved into the stable distribution on its next revision.

For not yet released architectures please refer to the appropriate directory ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/sid/binary-$arch/ .