Debian GNU/Linux Advisory: kernel-image-2.4.17-ia64

Debian Security Advisory DSA 423-1 security@debian.org
http://www.debian.org/security/ Martin Schulze
January 15th, 2004 http://www.debian.org/security/faq

Package : kernel-image-2.4.17-ia64
Vulnerability : several
Problem-Type : local, remote
Debian-specific : no
CVE IDs : CAN-2003-0001 CAN-2003-0018 CAN-2003-0127 CAN-2003-0461
CAN-2003-0462 CAN-2003-0476 CAN-2003-0501 CAN-2003-0550
CAN-2003-0551 CAN-2003-0552 CAN-2003-0961 CAN-2003-0985

The IA-64 maintainers fixed several security related bugs in the
Linux kernel 2.4.17 used for the IA-64 architecture, mostly by
backporting fixes from 2.4.18. The corrections are listed below
with the identification from the Common Vulnerabilities and
Exposures (CVE) project:


Multiple ethernet network interface card (NIC) device drivers do
not pad frames with null bytes, which allows remote attackers to
obtain information from previous packets or kernel memory by using
malformed packets, as demonstrated by Etherleak.


Linux kernel 2.4.10 through 2.4.21-pre4 does not properly handle
the O_DIRECT feature, which allows local attackers with write
privileges to read portions of previously deleted files, or cause
file system corruption.


The kernel module loader in Linux kernel 2.2.x before 2.2.25,
and 2.4.x before 2.4.21, allows local users to gain root privileges
by using ptrace to attach to a child process which is spawned by
the kernel.


The virtual file /proc/tty/driver/serial in Linux 2.4.x reveals
the exact number of characters used in serial links, which could
allow local users to obtain potentially sensitive information such
as the length of passwords.


A race condition in the way env_start and env_end pointers are
initialized in the execve system call and used in fs/proc/base.c on
Linux 2.4 allows local users to cause a denial of service


The execve system call in Linux 2.4.x records the file
descriptor of the executable process in the file table of the
calling process, which allows local users to gain read access to
restricted file descriptors.


The /proc filesystem in Linux allows local users to obtain
sensitive information by opening various entries in /proc/self
before executing a setuid program, which causes the program to fail
to change the ownership and permissions of those entries.


The STP protocol, as enabled in Linux 2.4.x, does not provide
sufficient security by design, which allows attackers to modify the
bridge topology.


The STP protocol implementation in Linux 2.4.x does not properly
verify certain lengths, which could allow attackers to cause a
denial of service.


Linux 2.4.x allows remote attackers to spoof the bridge
Forwarding table via forged packets whose source addresses are the
same as the target.


An integer overflow in brk system call (do_brk function) for
Linux kernel 2.4.22 and earlier allows local users to gain root


The mremap system call (do_mremap) in Linux kernel 2.4 and 2.6
does not properly perform boundary checks, which allows local users
to cause a denial of service and possibly gain privileges by
causing a remapping of a virtual memory area (VMA) to create a zero
length VMA.

For the stable distribution (woody) this problem has been fixed
in version kernel-image-2.4.17-ia64 for the ia64 architecture.
Other architectures are already or will be fixed separately.

For the unstable distribution (sid) this problem will be fixed
soon with newly uploaded packages.

Upgrade Instructions

wget url

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

will install the referenced file.

If you are using the apt-get package manager, use the line for
sources.list as given below:

apt-get update

will update the internal database apt-get upgrade

will install corrected packages

You may use an automated update by adding the resources from the
footer to the proper configuration.

Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 alias woody

Source archives:


Size/MD5 checksum: 736 cfd30b9d49a8e701ce13760cf619c3e8


Size/MD5 checksum: 25403798 8c2cfd213fd07b06cc11e69201d15679

Architecture independent components:


Size/MD5 checksum: 24731332 d2a7dea12be6f7ca4a1a71a4ca7630f5

Intel IA-64 architecture:


Size/MD5 checksum: 3636070 eab1dfc65ae7fc48566921d5bffdb78e


Size/MD5 checksum: 7022040 67192d2704da8a0b76598c7cfcff34d1


Size/MD5 checksum: 7169484 d586b39c26904208de614ca51714b4c9


Size/MD5 checksum: 7012458 11849128d636125bdf83fd3959c6a6cf


Size/MD5 checksum: 7163498 87b87cfbaccbe8e95c8df4e3fe00acee

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

For apt-get: deb http://security.debian.org/
stable/updates main
For dpkg-ftp: ftp://security.debian.org/debian-security
Mailing list: debian-security-announce@lists.debian.org

Package info: `apt-cache show <pkg>’ and http://packages.debian.org/<pkg>

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