RHEL 6 : kernel (RHSA-2014:1101)

high Nessus Plugin ID 79043


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


Updated kernel packages that fix multiple security issues and several bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 Extended Update Support.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Important security impact. Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base scores, which give detailed severity ratings, are available for each vulnerability from the CVE links in the References section.

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

* A use-after-free flaw was found in the way the ping_init_sock() function of the Linux kernel handled the group_info reference counter.
A local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to crash the system or, potentially, escalate their privileges on the system. (CVE-2014-2851, Important)

* A NULL pointer dereference flaw was found in the rds_ib_laddr_check() function in the Linux kernel's implementation of Reliable Datagram Sockets (RDS). A local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to crash the system. (CVE-2013-7339, Moderate)

* It was found that a remote attacker could use a race condition flaw in the ath_tx_aggr_sleep() function to crash the system by creating large network traffic on the system's Atheros 9k wireless network adapter. (CVE-2014-2672, Moderate)

* A NULL pointer dereference flaw was found in the rds_iw_laddr_check() function in the Linux kernel's implementation of Reliable Datagram Sockets (RDS). A local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to crash the system. (CVE-2014-2678, Moderate)

* A race condition flaw was found in the way the Linux kernel's mac80211 subsystem implementation handled synchronization between TX and STA wake-up code paths. A remote attacker could use this flaw to crash the system. (CVE-2014-2706, Moderate)

This update also fixes the following bugs :

* The Completely Fair Scheduler (CFS) did not verify whether the CFS period timer is running while throttling tasks on the CFS run queue.
Therefore under certain circumstances, the CFS run queue became stuck because the CFS period timer was inactive and could not be restarted.
To fix this problem, the CFS now restarts the CFS period timer inside the throttling function if it is inactive. (BZ#1120666)

* A previous change to the SCSI code fixed a race condition that could occur when removing a SCSI device. However, that change caused performance degradation because it used a certain function from the block layer code that was returning different values compared with later versions of the kernel. This update alters the SCSI code to properly utilize the values returned by the block layer code.

* If a statically defined gateway became unreachable and its corresponding neighbor entry entered a FAILED state, the gateway stayed in the FAILED state even after it became reachable again. This prevented routing of the traffic through that gateway. This update allows probing such a gateway automatically and routing the traffic through the gateway again once it becomes reachable. (BZ#1115262)

* A miscalculation in the 'radix_tree' swap encoding corrupted swap area indexes bigger than 8 by truncating lower bits of swap entries.
Consequently, systems with more than 8 swap areas could trigger a bogus OOM scenario when swapping out to such a swap area. This update fixes this problem by reducing a return value of the SWP_TYPE_SHIFT() function and removing a broken function call from the read_swap_header() function. (BZ#1099727)

* The automatic route cache rebuilding feature could incorrectly compute the length of a route hash chain if the cache contained multiple entries with the same key but a different TOS, mark, or OIF bit. Consequently, the feature could reach the rebuild limit and disable the routing cache on the system. This problem is fixed by using a helper function that avoids counting such duplicate routes.

* When booting a guest in the Hyper-V environment and enough of Programmable Interval Timer (PIT) interrupts were lost or not injected into the guest on time, the kernel panicked and the guest failed to boot. This problem has been fixed by bypassing the relevant PIT check when the guest is running under the Hyper-V environment. (BZ#1112225)

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


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 79043

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2014-1101.nasl

Version: 1.16

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 11/8/2014

Updated: 1/14/2021

Supported Sensors: Agentless Assessment, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 7.4


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.1

Temporal Score: 5.6

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

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

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-i686, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-debuginfo-common-s390x, 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:kernel-kdump, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-kdump-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-kdump-devel, 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, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6.4

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: 8/27/2014

Vulnerability Publication Date: 3/24/2014

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-7339, CVE-2014-2672, CVE-2014-2678, CVE-2014-2706, CVE-2014-2851

BID: 66351, 66492, 66543, 66591, 66779

RHSA: 2014:1101