Debian Security Advisory

DSA-1575-1 linux-2.6 -- denial of service

Date Reported:
12 May 2008
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2008-1669.
More information:

A vulnerability has been discovered in the Linux kernel that may lead to a denial of service. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project identifies the following problem:

  • CVE-2008-1669

    Alexander Viro discovered a race condition in the fcntl code that may permit local users on multi-processor systems to execute parallel code paths that are otherwise prohibited and gain re-ordered access to the descriptor table.

For the stable distribution (etch), this problem has been fixed in version 2.6.18.dfsg.1-18etch4.

For the unstable distribution (sid), this problem has been fixed in version 2.6.25-2.

We recommend that you upgrade your linux-2.6, fai-kernels, and user-mode-linux packages.

Fixed in:

Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (etch)

Architecture-independent component:
HP Precision:
Intel IA-32:
Intel IA-64:
Big-endian MIPS:
Little-endian MIPS:
IBM S/390:
Sun Sparc:

MD5 checksums of the listed files are available in the original advisory.