Debian Security Advisory

DSA-1844-1 linux-2.6.24 -- denial of service/privilege escalation

Date Reported:
28 Jul 2009
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2009-1385, CVE-2009-1389, CVE-2009-1630, CVE-2009-1633, CVE-2009-1895, CVE-2009-1914, CVE-2009-1961, CVE-2009-2406, CVE-2009-2407.
More information:

Several vulnerabilities have been discovered in the Linux kernel that may lead to a denial of service or privilege escalation. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project identifies the following problems:

  • CVE-2009-1385

    Neil Horman discovered a missing fix from the e1000 network driver. A remote user may cause a denial of service by way of a kernel panic triggered by specially crafted frame sizes.

  • CVE-2009-1389

    Michael Tokarev discovered an issue in the r8169 network driver. Remote users on the same LAN may cause a denial of service by way of a kernel panic triggered by receiving a large size frame.

  • CVE-2009-1630

    Frank Filz discovered that local users may be able to execute files without execute permission when accessed via an nfs4 mount.

  • CVE-2009-1633

    Jeff Layton and Suresh Jayaraman fixed several buffer overflows in the CIFS filesystem which allow remote servers to cause memory corruption.

  • CVE-2009-1895

    Julien Tinnes and Tavis Ormandy reported an issue in the Linux personality code. Local users can take advantage of a setuid binary that can either be made to dereference a NULL pointer or drop privileges and return control to the user. This allows a user to bypass mmap_min_addr restrictions which can be exploited to execute arbitrary code.

  • CVE-2009-1914

    Mikulas Patocka discovered an issue in sparc64 kernels that allows local users to cause a denial of service (crash) by reading the /proc/iomem file.

  • CVE-2009-1961

    Miklos Szeredi reported an issue in the ocfs2 filesystem. Local users can create a denial of service (filesystem deadlock) using a particular sequence of splice system calls.

  • CVE-2009-2406 CVE-2009-2407

    Ramon de Carvalho Valle discovered two issues with the eCryptfs layered filesystem using the fsfuzzer utility. A local user with permissions to perform an eCryptfs mount may modify the contents of a eCryptfs file, overflowing the stack and potentially gaining elevated privileges.

For the stable distribution (etch), these problems have been fixed in version 2.6.24-6~etchnhalf.8etch2.

We recommend that you upgrade your linux-2.6.24 packages.

Note: Debian 'etch' includes linux kernel packages based upon both the 2.6.18 and 2.6.24 linux releases. All known security issues are carefully tracked against both packages and both packages will receive security updates until security support for Debian 'etch' concludes. However, given the high frequency at which low-severity security issues are discovered in the kernel and the resource requirements of doing an update, lower severity 2.6.18 and 2.6.24 updates will typically release in a staggered or "leap-frog" fashion.

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.