Scientific Linux Security Update : kernel on SL6.x i386/x86_64

This script is Copyright (C) 2013-2014 Tenable Network Security, Inc.

Synopsis :

The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security

Description :

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)

The system must be rebooted for this update to take effect.

See also :

Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.9

Family: Scientific Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 64489 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2012-4398

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