RHEL 6 : kernel (RHSA-2013:0223)

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Synopsis :

The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.

Description :

Updated kernel packages that fix three security issues and several
bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having
moderate security impact. Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS)
base scores, which give detailed severity ratings, are available for
each vulnerability from the CVE links in the References section.

The kernel packages contain the Linux kernel, the core of any Linux
operating system.

This update fixes the following security issues :

* It was found that a deadlock could occur in the Out of Memory (OOM)
killer. A process could trigger this deadlock by consuming a large
amount of memory, and then causing request_module() to be called. A
local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to cause a denial of
service (excessive memory consumption). (CVE-2012-4398, Moderate)

* A flaw was found in the way the KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine)
subsystem handled guests attempting to run with the X86_CR4_OSXSAVE
CPU feature flag set. On hosts without the XSAVE CPU feature, a local,
unprivileged user could use this flaw to crash the host system. (The
'grep --color xsave /proc/cpuinfo' command can be used to verify if
your system has the XSAVE CPU feature.) (CVE-2012-4461, Moderate)

* A memory disclosure flaw was found in the way the load_script()
function in the binfmt_script binary format handler handled excessive
recursions. A local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to leak
kernel stack memory to user-space by executing specially crafted
scripts. (CVE-2012-4530, Low)

Red Hat would like to thank Tetsuo Handa for reporting CVE-2012-4398,
and Jon Howell for reporting CVE-2012-4461.

This update also fixes several bugs. Documentation for these changes
will be available shortly from the Technical Notes document linked to
in the References section.

Users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain
backported patches to correct these issues, and fix the bugs noted in
the Technical Notes. The system must be rebooted for this update to
take effect.

See also :

https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2012-4398.html
https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2012-4461.html
https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2012-4530.html
http://www.nessus.org/u?faae67f0
http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2013-0223.html
http://www.nessus.org/u?879a0985

Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.9
(CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C)
CVSS Temporal Score : 4.3
(CVSS2#E:ND/RL:OF/RC:C)
Public Exploit Available : false

Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 64479 ()

Bugtraq ID: 55361
55878
56414

CVE ID: CVE-2012-4398
CVE-2012-4461
CVE-2012-4530