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The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.
Updated kernel packages that fix one security issue are now available
for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.6 Extended Update Support.
The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having
important security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System
(CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is
available from the CVE link in the References section.
The kernel packages contain the Linux kernel, the core of any Linux
This update fixes the following security issue :
* A race condition was found in the way the Linux kernel's ptrace
implementation handled PTRACE_SETREGS requests when the debuggee was
woken due to a SIGKILL signal instead of being stopped. A local,
unprivileged user could use this flaw to escalate their privileges.
Users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a
backported patch to correct this issue. The system must be rebooted
for this update to take effect.
See also :
Update the affected packages.
Risk factor :
Medium / CVSS Base Score : 6.9
CVSS Temporal Score : 5.4
Public Exploit Available : true