RHEL 6 : kernel (RHSA-2014:0949)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 79037


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


Updated kernel packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 Advanced 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.

* It was found that the Linux kernel's ptrace subsystem allowed a traced process' instruction pointer to be set to a non-canonical memory address without forcing the non-sysret code path when returning to user space. A local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to crash the system or, potentially, escalate their privileges on the system.
(CVE-2014-4699, Important)

Note: The CVE-2014-4699 issue only affected systems using an Intel CPU.

Red Hat would like to thank Andy Lutomirski for reporting this issue.

All kernel users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct this issue. The system must be rebooted for this update to take effect.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 79037

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2014-0949.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.6 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2014/11/08

Modified: 2017/01/06

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.9

Temporal Score: 5.7

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:OF/RC:ND

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel, 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-x86_64, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-doc, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-firmware, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-headers, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:perf, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:perf-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:python-perf, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:python-perf-debuginfo, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6.2

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2014/07/28

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-4699

OSVDB: 108754

RHSA: 2014:0949