RHEL 5 : kernel (RHSA-2012:1087)

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VPR Score: 5.9

Synopsis

The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.

Description

Updated kernel packages that fix one security issue and multiple bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.6 Extended Update Support.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having important 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 :

* It was found that the data_len parameter of the sock_alloc_send_pskb() function in the Linux kernel's networking implementation was not validated before use. A local user with access to a TUN/TAP virtual interface could use this flaw to crash the system or, potentially, escalate their privileges. Note that unprivileged users cannot access TUN/TAP devices until the root user grants them access. (CVE-2012-2136, Important)

This update also fixes the following bugs :

* An insufficiently designed calculation in the CPU accelerator in the previous kernel caused an arithmetic overflow in the sched_clock() function when system uptime exceeded 208.5 days. This overflow led to a kernel panic on the systems using the Time Stamp Counter (TSC) or Virtual Machine Interface (VMI) clock source. This update corrects the described calculation so that this arithmetic overflow and kernel panic can no longer occur under these circumstances. (BZ#825981, BZ#835449)

* Previously, a race condition between the journal_write_metadata_buffer() and jbd_unlock_bh_state() functions could occur. Consequently, another thread could call the get_write_access() function on the buffer head and cause the wrong data to be written into the journal. If the system terminated unexpectedly or was shut down incorrectly, subsequent file system journal replay could result in file system corruption. This update fixes the race condition and the file system corruption no longer occurs in the described scenario. (BZ#833764)

* When the kvmclock initialization was used in a guest, it could write to the Time Stamp Counter (TSC) and, under certain circumstances, could cause the kernel to become unresponsive on boot. With this update, TSC synchronization, which is unnecessary due to kvmclock, has been disabled, thus fixing this bug. (BZ#834557)

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

https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2012:1087

https://access.redhat.com/security/cve/cve-2012-2136

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 64048

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2012-1087.nasl

Version: 1.16

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 1/24/2013

Updated: 1/14/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

VPR Score: 5.9

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 5.3

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

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-PAE, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-PAE-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-PAE-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-debug, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-debug-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-debug-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-debuginfo-common, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-doc, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-headers, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-kdump, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-kdump-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-xen, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-xen-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-xen-devel, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5.6

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 7/17/2012

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-2136

BID: 53721

RHSA: 2012:1087