Scientific Linux Security Update : kernel on SL5.x i386/x86_64

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Synopsis :

The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security

Description :

- A NULL pointer dereference flaw was found in the
rds_iw_laddr_check() function in the Linux kernel's
implementation of Reliable Datagram Sockets (RDS). A
local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to crash
the system. (CVE-2014-2678, Moderate)

- It was found that the Xen hypervisor implementation did
not properly clean memory pages previously allocated by
the hypervisor. A privileged guest user could
potentially use this flaw to read data relating to other
guests or the hypervisor itself. (CVE-2014-4021,

This update also fixes the following bugs :

- A bug in the journaling block device (jbd and jbd2) code
could, under certain circumstances, trigger a BUG_ON()
assertion and result in a kernel oops. This happened
when an application performed an extensive number of
commits to the journal of the ext3 file system and there
was no currently active transaction while synchronizing
the file's in-core state. This problem has been resolved
by correcting respective test conditions in the jbd and
jbd2 code.

- After a statically defined gateway became unreachable
and its corresponding neighbor entry entered a FAILED
state, the gateway stayed in the FAILED state even after
it became reachable again. As a consequence, traffic was
not routed through that gateway. This update allows
probing such a gateway automatically so that the traffic
can be routed through this gateway again once it becomes

- Due to an incorrect condition check in the IPv6 code,
the ipv6 driver was unable to correctly assemble
incoming packet fragments, which resulted in a high IPv6
packet loss rate. This update fixes the said check for a
fragment overlap and ensures that incoming IPv6 packet
fragments are now processed as expected.

- Recent changes in the d_splice_alias() function
introduced a bug that allowed d_splice_alias() to return
a dentry from a different directory than the directory
being looked up. As a consequence in cluster
environment, a kernel panic could be triggered when a
directory was being removed while a concurrent
cross-directory operation was performed on this
directory on another cluster node. This update avoids
the kernel panic in this situation by correcting the
search logic in the d_splice_alias() function so that
the function can no longer return a dentry from an
incorrect directory.

- The NFSv4 server did not handle multiple OPEN operations
to the same file separately, which could cause the NFSv4
client to repeatedly send CLOSE requests with the same
state ID, even though the NFS server rejected the
request with an NFS4ERR_OLD_STATEID (10024) error code.
This update ensures that the NFSv4 client no longer
re-sends the same CLOSE request after receiving

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

See also :

Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.7

Family: Scientific Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 76782 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2014-2678

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