RHEL 6 : kernel (RHSA-2016:1225)

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Synopsis :

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

Description :

An update for kernel is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5
Advanced Update Support.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having a security
impact of Important. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base
score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available for each
vulnerability from the CVE link(s) in the References section.

The kernel packages contain the Linux kernel, the core of any Linux
operating system.

Security Fix(es) :

* Two flaws were found in the way the Linux kernel's networking
implementation handled UDP packets with incorrect checksum values. A
remote attacker could potentially use these flaws to trigger an
infinite loop in the kernel, resulting in a denial of service on the
system, or cause a denial of service in applications using the edge
triggered epoll functionality. (CVE-2015-5364, CVE-2015-5366,
Important)

Bug Fix(es) :

* At a process or thread exit, when the Linux kernel undoes any SysV
semaphore operations done previously (ones done using semop with the
SEM_UNDO flag), there was a possible race condition with another
process or thread removing the same semaphore set where the operations
occurred, leading to a possible use of in-kernel-freed memory and then
to possible unpredictable behavior. This bug could be noticed with
software which uses IPC SysV semaphores, such as IBM DB2, which could
in certain cases have some of its processes or utilities get
incorrectly stalled in an IPC semaphore operation or system call after
the race condition happened. A patch has been provided to fix this
bug, and the kernel now behaves as expected in the aforementioned
scenario. (BZ#1326343)

See also :

https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2015-5364.html
https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2015-5366.html
http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2016-1225.html

Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

High / CVSS Base Score : 7.8
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C)
CVSS Temporal Score : 5.8
(CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C)
Public Exploit Available : false

Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 91621 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2015-5364
CVE-2015-5366

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