Scientific Linux Security Update : kernel on SL5.x i386/x86_64 (20120612)

high Nessus Plugin ID 61326
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Synopsis

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

Description

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

This update fixes the following security issues :

- It was found that the Xen hypervisor implementation as shipped with Scientific Linux 5 did not properly restrict the syscall return addresses in the sysret return path to canonical addresses. An unprivileged user in a 64-bit para-virtualized guest, that is running on a 64-bit host that has an Intel CPU, could use this flaw to crash the host or, potentially, escalate their privileges, allowing them to execute arbitrary code at the hypervisor level. (CVE-2012-0217, Important)

- It was found that guests could trigger a bug in earlier AMD CPUs, leading to a CPU hard lockup, when running on the Xen hypervisor implementation. An unprivileged user in a 64-bit para-virtualized guest could use this flaw to crash the host. Warning: After installing this update, hosts that are using an affected AMD CPU (refer to upstream bug #824966 for a list) will fail to boot.
In order to boot such hosts, the new kernel parameter, allow_unsafe, can be used ('allow_unsafe=on'). This option should only be used with hosts that are running trusted guests, as setting it to 'on' reintroduces the flaw (allowing guests to crash the host).
(CVE-2012-2934, Moderate)

Note: For Scientific Linux guests, only privileged guest users can exploit the CVE-2012-0217 and CVE-2012-2934 issues.

Users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues. The system must be rebooted for this update to take effect.

Solution

Update the affected packages.

See Also

http://www.nessus.org/u?a489a838

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 61326

File Name: sl_20120612_kernel_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: 1.11

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 8/1/2012

Updated: 1/14/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

VPR

Risk Factor: Critical

Score: 9.8

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Vector: AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-PAE, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-PAE-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-PAE-devel, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-debug, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-debug-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-debug-devel, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-debuginfo-common, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-devel, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-doc, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-headers, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-xen, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-xen-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-xen-devel, x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 6/12/2012

Vulnerability Publication Date: 6/12/2012

Exploitable With

CANVAS (CANVAS)

Core Impact

Metasploit (FreeBSD Intel SYSRET Privilege Escalation)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-0217, CVE-2012-2934