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Debian: kernel Privilege escalation vulnerability DSA-438-1

Date 18 Feb 2004
Posted By LinuxSecurity Advisories
Due to missing function return value check of internal functions a local attacker can gain root privileges.

Debian Security Advisory DSA 438-1                     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                             Martin Schulze
February 18th, 2004            
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Package        : kernel-source-2.4.18, kernel-image-2.4.18-1-alpha, kernel-image-2.4.18-1-i386, kernel-image-2.4.18-i386bf, kernel-patch-2.4.18-powerpc
Vulnerability  : missing function return value check
Problem-Type   : local
Debian-specific: no
CVE ID         : CAN-2004-0077

Paul Starzetz and Wojciech Purczynski of discovered a critical
security vulnerability in the memory management code of Linux inside
the mremap(2) system call.  Due to missing function return value check
of internal functions a local attacker can gain root privileges.

For the stable distribution (woody) this problem has been fixed in
version 2.4.18-14.2 of kernel-source, version 2.4.18-14 of alpha
images, version 2.4.18-12.2 of i386 images, version 2.4.18-5woody7
of i386bf images and version 2.4.18-1woody4 of powerpc images.

Other architectures will probably mentioned in a separate advisory or
are not affected (m68k).

For the unstable distribution (sid) this problem is fixed in version
2.4.24-3 for source, i386 and alpha images and version 2.4.22-10 for
powerpc images.

This problem is also fixed in the upstream version of Linux 2.4.25 and

We recommend that you upgrade your Linux kernel packages immediately.

Upgrade Instructions
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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
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  Source archives:
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  Architecture independent components:
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  PowerPC architecture:
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  These files will probably be moved into the stable distribution on
  its next revision.

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