Oracle Linux 5 / 6 : Unbreakable Enterprise kernel (ELSA-2012-2021)

high Nessus Plugin ID 68676
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Description of changes:

* CVE-2012-2123: Privilege escalation when assigning permissions using fcaps.

If a process increases permissions using fcaps, all of the dangerous personality flags which are cleared for suid apps are not cleared. This has allowed programs that gained elevated permissions using fcaps to disable the address space randomization of other processes.

* CVE-2012-2121: Memory leak in KVM device assignment.

KVM uses memory slots to track and map guest regions of memory. When device assignment is used, the pages backing these slots are pinned in memory and mapped into the iommu. The problem is that when a memory slot is destroyed the pages for the associated memory slot are neither unpinned nor unmapped from the iommu.

* Memory corruption in KVM device assignment slot handling.

A race condition in the KVM device assignment slot handling caused by missing locks around the unmapping of memory slots could cause a memory corruption.

* CVE-2012-2136: Privilege escalation in TUN/TAP virtual device.

The length of packet fragments to be sent wasn't validated before use, leading to heap overflow. A user having access to TUN/TAP virtual device could use this flaw to crash the system or to potentially escalate their privileges.

* CVE-2012-2137: Buffer overflow in KVM MSI routing entry handler.

A buffer overflow flaw was found in the setup_routing_entry() function in the KVM subsystem of the Linux kernel in the way the Message Signaled Interrupts (MSI) routing entry was handled. A local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to cause a denial of service or, possibly, escalate their privileges.

* CVE-2012-1179 and CVE-2012-2373: Hugepage denial of service.

CVE-2012-1179: Denial of service in page mapping of the hugepage subsystem.

In some cases, the hugepage subsystem would allocate new PMDs when not expected by the memory management subsystem. A privileged user in the KVM guest can use this flaw to crash the host, an unprivileged local user could use this flaw to crash the system.

CVE-2012-2373: Denial of service in PAE page tables.

On a PAE system, a non-atomic load could be corrupted by a page fault resulting in a kernel crash, triggerable by an unprivileged user.

* Regression in handling of bind() with AF_UNSPEC family sockets.

Legacy applications used to bind() with AF_UNSPEC instead of AF_INET. Allow them to continue doing so, but verify that the address is indeed INADDR_ANY.

- thp: avoid atomic64_read in pmd_read_atomic for 32bit PAE (Andrea Arcangeli) [Orabug: 14217003]

- mm: pmd_read_atomic: fix 32bit PAE pmd walk vs pmd_populate SMP race condition (Andrea Arcangeli) [Bugdb: 13966] {CVE-2012-2373}
- mm: thp: fix pmd_bad() triggering in code paths holding mmap_sem read mode (Andrea Arcangeli) {CVE-2012-1179}
- KVM: Fix buffer overflow in kvm_set_irq() (Avi Kivity) [Bugdb: 13966] {CVE-2012-2137}
- net: sock: validate data_len before allocating skb in sock_alloc_send_pskb() (Jason Wang) [Bugdb: 13966] {CVE-2012-2136}
- KVM: lock slots_lock around device assignment (Alex Williamson) [Bugdb:
13966] {CVE-2012-2121}
- KVM: unmap pages from the iommu when slots are removed (Alex Williamson) [Bugdb: 13966] {CVE-2012-2121}
- KVM: introduce kvm_for_each_memslot macro (Xiao Guangrong) [Bugdb: 13966]
- fcaps: clear the same personality flags as suid when fcaps are used (Eric Paris) [Bugdb: 13966] {CVE-2012-2123}

- net: ipv4: relax AF_INET check in bind() (Eric Dumazet) [Orabug: 14054411]


Update the affected unbreakable enterprise kernel packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 68676

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2012-2021.nasl

Version: 1.17

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 7/12/2013

Updated: 8/24/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl, linux_alt_patch_detect.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

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:oracle:linux:kernel-uek, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-uek-debug, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-uek-debug-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-uek-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-uek-doc, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-uek-firmware, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:5, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:6

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 6/24/2012

Vulnerability Publication Date: 5/17/2012

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-1179, CVE-2012-2121, CVE-2012-2123, CVE-2012-2136, CVE-2012-2137, CVE-2012-2373

BID: 52533, 53162, 53166