RHEL 6 : kernel (RHSA-2014:0520)

This script is Copyright (C) 2014-2017 Tenable Network Security, Inc.

Synopsis :

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

Description :

Updated kernel packages that fix two security issues and one bug are
now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 Extended Update

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.

* A flaw was found in the way the Linux kernel processed an
authenticated COOKIE_ECHO chunk during the initialization of an SCTP
connection. A remote attacker could use this flaw to crash the system
by initiating a specially crafted SCTP handshake in order to trigger a
NULL pointer dereference on the system. (CVE-2014-0101, Important)

* A race condition flaw, leading to heap-based buffer overflows, was
found in the way the Linux kernel's N_TTY line discipline (LDISC)
implementation handled concurrent processing of echo output and TTY
write operations originating from user space when the underlying TTY
driver was PTY. An unprivileged, local user could use this flaw to
crash the system or, potentially, escalate their privileges on the
system. (CVE-2014-0196, Important)

Red Hat would like to thank Nokia Siemens Networks for reporting

This update also fixes the following bug :

* Prior to this update, a guest-provided value was used as the head
length of the socket buffer allocated on the host. If the host was
under heavy memory load and the guest-provided value was too large,
the allocation could have failed, resulting in stalls and packet drops
in the guest's Tx path. With this update, the guest-provided value has
been limited to a reasonable size so that socket buffer allocations on
the host succeed regardless of the memory load on the host, and guests
can send packets without experiencing packet drops or stalls.

All kernel users are advised to 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 :

Critical / CVSS Base Score : 10.0
Public Exploit Available : true

Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 79021 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2014-0101

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