RHEL 6 : kernel (RHSA-2017:1372)

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Synopsis :

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

Description :

An update for kernel is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having a security
impact of Moderate. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base
score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available for each
vulnerability from the CVE link(s) in the References section.

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

Security Fix(es) :

* A flaw was found in the Linux kernel's handling of packets with the
URG flag. Applications using the splice() and tcp_splice_read()
functionality can allow a remote attacker to force the kernel to enter
a condition in which it can loop indefinitely. (CVE-2017-6214,

Bug Fix(es) :

* When executing certain Hadoop jobs, a kernel panic occasionally
occurred on multiple nodes of a cluster. This update fixes the kernel
scheduler, and the kernel panic no longer occurs under the described
circumstances. (BZ#1436241)

* Previously, memory leak of the struct cred data structure and
related data structures occasionally occurred. Consequently, system
performance was suboptimal with the symptoms of high I/O operations
wait and small amount of free memory. This update fixes the reference
counter of the struct slab cache to no longer cause imbalance between
the calls to the get_cred() function and the put_cred() function. As a
result, the memory leak no longer occurs under the described
circumstances. (BZ#1443234)

* Previously, the be2net driver could not detect the link status
properly on IBM Power Systems. Consequently, the link status was
always reported as disconnected. With this update, be2net has been
fixed, and the Network Interface Cards (NICs) now report the link
status correctly. (BZ#1442979)

* Previously, the RFF_ID and RFT_ID commands in the lpfc driver were
issued in an incorrect order. Consequently, users were not able to
access Logical Unit Numbers (LUNs). With this update, lpfc has been
fixed to issue RFT_ID before RFF_ID, which is the correct order. As a
result, users can now access LUNs as expected. (BZ#1439636)

* Previously, the kdump mechanism was trying to get the lock by the
vmalloc_sync_all() function during a kernel panic. Consequently, a
deadlock occurred, and the crashkernel did not boot. This update fixes
the vmalloc_sync_all() function to avoid synchronizing the vmalloc
area on the crashing CPU. As a result, the crashkernel parameter now
boots as expected, and the kernel dump is collected successfully under
the described circumstances. (BZ#1443499)

See also :


Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 5.0
CVSS Temporal Score : 4.1
Public Exploit Available : true

Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 100533 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2017-6214

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