RHEL 6 : kernel (RHSA-2014:0900)

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 three security issues and one bug are
now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 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's futex subsystem
handled the requeuing of certain Priority Inheritance (PI) futexes. A
local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to escalate their
privileges on the system. (CVE-2014-3153, Important)

* A flaw was found in the way the Linux kernel's floppy driver handled
user space provided data in certain error code paths while processing
FDRAWCMD IOCTL commands. A local user with write access to /dev/fdX
could use this flaw to free (using the kfree() function) arbitrary
kernel memory. (CVE-2014-1737, Important)

* It was found that the Linux kernel's floppy driver leaked internal
kernel memory addresses to user space during the processing of the
FDRAWCMD IOCTL command. A local user with write access to /dev/fdX
could use this flaw to obtain information about the kernel heap
arrangement. (CVE-2014-1738, Low)

Note: A local user with write access to /dev/fdX could use these two
flaws (CVE-2014-1737 in combination with CVE-2014-1738) to escalate
their privileges on the system.

Red Hat would like to thank Kees Cook of Google for reporting
CVE-2014-3153, and Matthew Daley for reporting CVE-2014-1737 and
CVE-2014-1738. Google acknowledges Pinkie Pie as the original reporter
of CVE-2014-3153.

This update also fixes the following bug :

* A previous change that introduced global clock updates caused guest
machines to boot slowly when the host Time Stamp Counter (TSC) was
marked as unstable. The slow down increased with the number of vCPUs
allocated. To resolve this problem, a patch has been applied to limit
the rate of the global clock updates. (BZ#1102253)

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 :

High / CVSS Base Score : 7.2
CVSS Temporal Score : 6.3
Public Exploit Available : true

Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 79035 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2014-1737

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