SynopsisThe remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.
DescriptionUpdated kernel packages that fix one security issue, address several hundred bugs, and add numerous enhancements are now available as part of the ongoing support and maintenance of Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 5. This is the eighth regular update.
The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having moderate security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link in the References section.
The kernel packages contain the Linux kernel, the core of any Linux operating system.
This update fixes the following security issue :
* A flaw was found in the way the Linux kernel's Event Poll (epoll) subsystem handled large, nested epoll structures. A local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to cause a denial of service.
Red Hat would like to thank Nelson Elhage for reporting this issue.
These updated kernel packages include a number of bug fixes and enhancements. Space precludes documenting all of these changes in this advisory. Users are directed to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 Technical Notes, linked to in the References, for information on the most significant of these changes.
All Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 users are advised to install these updated packages, which correct these issues and add these enhancements. The system must be rebooted for this update to take effect.
SolutionUpdate the affected packages.