RHEL 6 : kernel (RHSA-2013:1026)

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Synopsis :

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

Description :

Updated kernel packages that fix multiple security issues and several
bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 Extended
Update Support.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having
important 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 buffer overflow flaw was found in the way UTF-8 characters were
converted to UTF-16 in the utf8s_to_utf16s() function of the Linux
kernel's FAT file system implementation. A local user able to mount a
FAT file system with the 'utf8=1' option could use this flaw to crash
the system or, potentially, to escalate their privileges.
(CVE-2013-1773, Important)

* A flaw was found in the way KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine)
handled guest time updates when the buffer the guest registered by
writing to the MSR_KVM_SYSTEM_TIME machine state register (MSR)
crossed a page boundary. A privileged guest user could use this flaw
to crash the host or, potentially, escalate their privileges, allowing
them to execute arbitrary code at the host kernel level.
(CVE-2013-1796, Important)

* A potential use-after-free flaw was found in the way KVM handled
guest time updates when the GPA (guest physical address) the guest
registered by writing to the MSR_KVM_SYSTEM_TIME machine state
register (MSR) fell into a movable or removable memory region of the
hosting user-space process (by default, QEMU-KVM) on the host. If that
memory region is deregistered from KVM using
KVM_SET_USER_MEMORY_REGION and the allocated virtual memory reused, a
privileged guest user could potentially use this flaw to escalate
their privileges on the host. (CVE-2013-1797, Important)

* A flaw was found in the way KVM emulated IOAPIC (I/O Advanced
Programmable Interrupt Controller). A missing validation check in the
ioapic_read_indirect() function could allow a privileged guest user to
crash the host, or read a substantial portion of host kernel memory.
(CVE-2013-1798, Important)

* A format string flaw was found in the ext3_msg() function in the
Linux kernel's ext3 file system implementation. A local user who is
able to mount an ext3 file system could use this flaw to cause a
denial of service or, potentially, escalate their privileges.
(CVE-2013-1848, Low)

Red Hat would like to thank Andrew Honig of Google for reporting
CVE-2013-1796, CVE-2013-1797, and CVE-2013-1798.

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

See also :


Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 6.8
CVSS Temporal Score : 5.9
Public Exploit Available : false

Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 78964 ()

Bugtraq ID: 58200

CVE ID: CVE-2013-1773

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