Oracle Linux 5 : kernel (ELSA-2016-0450)

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Synopsis :

The remote Oracle Linux host is missing one or more security updates.

Description :

From Red Hat Security Advisory 2016:0450 :

Updated kernel packages that fix two security issues and two bugs are
now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

Red Hat Product Security 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.

* An integer overflow flaw was found in the way the Linux kernel's
Frame Buffer device implementation mapped kernel memory to user space
via the mmap syscall. A local user able to access a frame buffer
device file (/dev/fb*) could possibly use this flaw to escalate their
privileges on the system. (CVE-2013-2596, Important)

* It was found that the Xen hypervisor x86 CPU emulator implementation
did not correctly handle certain instructions with segment overrides,
potentially resulting in a memory corruption. A malicious guest user
could use this flaw to read arbitrary data relating to other guests,
cause a denial of service on the host, or potentially escalate their
privileges on the host. (CVE-2015-2151, Important)

This update also fixes the following bugs :

* Previously, the CPU power of a CPU group could be zero. As a
consequence, a kernel panic occurred at 'find_busiest_group+570' with
do_divide_error. The provided patch ensures that the division is only
performed if the CPU power is not zero, and the aforementioned panic
no longer occurs. (BZ#1209728)

* Prior to this update, a bug occurred when performing an online
resize of an ext4 file system which had been previously converted from
ext3. As a consequence, the kernel crashed. The provided patch fixes
online resizing for such file systems by limiting the blockgroup
search loop for non-extent files, and the mentioned kernel crash no
longer occurs. (BZ#1301100)

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 kernel packages.

Risk factor :

High / CVSS Base Score : 7.2
CVSS Temporal Score : 5.3
Public Exploit Available : false

Family: Oracle Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 89953 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2013-2596

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