RHEL 6 : kernel (RHSA-2016:2133) (Dirty COW)

This script is Copyright (C) 2016-2017 Tenable Network Security, Inc.

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 6.4
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) :

* A race condition was found in the way the Linux kernel's memory
subsystem handled the copy-on-write (COW) breakage of private
read-only memory mappings. An unprivileged, local user could use this
flaw to gain write access to otherwise read-only memory mappings and
thus increase their privileges on the system. (CVE-2016-5195,

* A flaw was found in the Linux kernel's keyring handling code: the
key_reject_and_link() function could be forced to free an arbitrary
memory block. An attacker could use this flaw to trigger a
use-after-free condition on the system, potentially allowing for
privilege escalation. (CVE-2016-4470, Important)

Red Hat would like to thank Phil Oester for reporting CVE-2016-5195.
The CVE-2016-4470 issue was discovered by David Howells (Red Hat).

See also :


Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

High / CVSS Base Score : 7.2
CVSS Temporal Score : 6.0
Public Exploit Available : true

Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 94463 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2016-4470

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