Oracle Linux 6 : kernel (ELSA-2017-0817)

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Synopsis :

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

Description :

From Red Hat Security Advisory 2017:0817 :

An update for kernel is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having a security
impact of Moderate. 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) :

* It was discovered that a remote attacker could leverage the
generation of IPv6 atomic fragments to trigger the use of
fragmentation in an arbitrary IPv6 flow (in scenarios in which actual
fragmentation of packets is not needed) and could subsequently perform
any type of a fragmentation-based attack against legacy IPv6 nodes
that do not implement RFC6946. (CVE-2016-10142, Moderate)

* A flaw was discovered in the way the Linux kernel dealt with paging
structures. When the kernel invalidated a paging structure that was
not in use locally, it could, in principle, race against another CPU
that is switching to a process that uses the paging structure in
question. A local user could use a thread running with a stale cached
virtual->physical translation to potentially escalate their privileges
if the translation in question were writable and the physical page got
reused for something critical (for example, a page table).
(CVE-2016-2069, Moderate)

* A race condition flaw was found in the ioctl_send_fib() function in
the Linux kernel's aacraid implementation. A local attacker could use
this flaw to cause a denial of service (out-of-bounds access or system
crash) by changing a certain size value. (CVE-2016-6480, Moderate)

* It was found that when the gcc stack protector was enabled, reading
the /proc/keys file could cause a panic in the Linux kernel due to
stack corruption. This happened because an incorrect buffer size was
used to hold a 64-bit timeout value rendered as weeks. (CVE-2016-7042,

* It was found that when file permissions were modified via chmod and
the user modifying them was not in the owning group or capable of
CAP_FSETID, the setgid bit would be cleared. Setting a POSIX ACL via
setxattr sets the file permissions as well as the new ACL, but doesn't
clear the setgid bit in a similar way. This could allow a local user
to gain group privileges via certain setgid applications.
(CVE-2016-7097, Moderate)

* A flaw was found in the Linux networking subsystem where a local
attacker with CAP_NET_ADMIN capabilities could cause an out-of-bounds
memory access by creating a smaller-than-expected ICMP header and
sending to its destination via sendto(). (CVE-2016-8399, Moderate)

* It was found that the blk_rq_map_user_iov() function in the Linux
kernel's block device implementation did not properly restrict the
type of iterator, which could allow a local attacker to read or write
to arbitrary kernel memory locations or cause a denial of service
(use-after-free) by leveraging write access to a /dev/sg device.
(CVE-2016-9576, CVE-2016-10088, Moderate)

* A flaw was found in the USB-MIDI Linux kernel driver: a double-free
error could be triggered for the 'umidi' object. An attacker with
physical access to the system could use this flaw to escalate their
privileges. (CVE-2016-2384, Low)

The CVE-2016-7042 issue was discovered by Ondrej Kozina (Red Hat) and
the CVE-2016-7097 issue was discovered by Andreas Gruenbacher (Red
Hat) and Jan Kara (SUSE).

Additional Changes :

For detailed information on changes in this release, see the Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 6.9 Release Notes and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9
Technical Notes linked from the References section.

See also :

Solution :

Update the affected kernel packages.

Risk factor :

High / CVSS Base Score : 7.6
CVSS Temporal Score : 6.0
Public Exploit Available : true

Family: Oracle Linux Local Security Checks

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Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2016-10088

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