Oracle Linux 6 : kernel (ELSA-2012-0571)

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Synopsis :

The remote Oracle Linux host is missing one or more security updates.

Description :

From Red Hat Security Advisory 2012:0571 :

Updated kernel packages that fix two 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 :

* A flaw was found in the way the Linux kernel's
journal_unmap_buffer() function handled buffer head states. On systems
that have an ext4 file system with a journal mounted, a local,
unprivileged user could use this flaw to cause a denial of service.
(CVE-2011-4086, Moderate)

* A flaw was found in the way the KVM_CREATE_IRQCHIP ioctl was
handled. Calling this ioctl when at least one virtual CPU (VCPU)
already existed could lead to a NULL pointer dereference later when
the VCPU is scheduled to run. A local, unprivileged user on a KVM host
could use this flaw to crash the host. (CVE-2012-1601, Moderate)

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://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/2012-May/002822.html

Solution :

Update the affected kernel 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 : true

Family: Oracle Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 68526 ()

Bugtraq ID: 51945
53488

CVE ID: CVE-2011-4086
CVE-2012-1601