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Family: SuSE Local Security Checks --> Category: infos

SuSE-SA:2004:017: kernel Vulnerability Scan

Vulnerability Scan Summary
Check for the version of the kernel package

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Test

The remote host is missing the patch for the advisory SuSE-SA:2004:017 (kernel).

The Linux kernel is vulnerable to a local denial-of-service attack.
By using a C program it is possible to trigger a floating point
exception that puts the kernel into an unusable state.
To execute this attack a malicious user needs shell access to the
victim's machine.
The severity of this bug is considered low because local denial-of-
service attacks are hard to prevent in general.
Additionally the bug is limited to x86 and x86_64 architecture.

Solution :
Threat Level: Medium

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