Scientific Linux Security Update : kernel on SL7.x x86_64

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 102669


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


Security Fix(es) :

- A race condition was found in the Linux kernel, present since v3.14-rc1 through v4.12. The race happens between threads of inotify_handle_event() and vfs_rename() while running the rename operation against the same file. As a result of the race the next slab data or the slab's free list pointer can be corrupted with attacker-controlled data. (CVE-2017-7533, Important)

Bug Fix(es) :

- Previously, direct I/O read operations going past EOF returned an invalid error number, instead of reading 0 bytes and returning success, if these operations were in same XFS block with EOF. Consequently, creating multiple VMs from a Scientific Linux 7.4 template caused all the VMs to become unresponsive in the 'Image Locked' state.
This update fixes the direct I/O feature of the file system, and VMs created from a Scientific Linux 7.4 template now work as expected.

- This kernel is signed with the new Secure Boot key.


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 102669

File Name: sl_20170815_kernel_on_SL7_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.2 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2017/08/22

Modified: 2018/01/26

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.9

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C


Base Score: 7

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:H/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Vulnerability Information

CPE: x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/cpu, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list

Patch Publication Date: 2017/08/15

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-7533