RHEL 6 : kernel (RHSA-2015:0782)

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 82636


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 6.5 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.

* It was found that the Linux kernel's Infiniband subsystem did not properly sanitize input parameters while registering memory regions from user space via the (u)verbs API. A local user with access to a /dev/infiniband/uverbsX device could use this flaw to crash the system or, potentially, escalate their privileges on the system.
(CVE-2014-8159, Important)

* A use-after-free flaw was found in the way the Linux kernel's SCTP implementation handled authentication key reference counting during INIT collisions. A remote attacker could use this flaw to crash the system or, potentially, escalate their privileges on the system.
(CVE-2015-1421, Important)

* An integer overflow flaw was found in the way the Linux kernel's Frame Buffer device implementation mapped kernel memory to user space via the mmap syscall. A local user able to access a frame buffer device file (/dev/fb*) could possibly use this flaw to escalate their privileges on the system. (CVE-2013-2596, Important)

* It was found that the Linux kernel's KVM implementation did not ensure that the host CR4 control register value remained unchanged across VM entries on the same virtual CPU. A local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to cause a denial of service on the system.
(CVE-2014-3690, Moderate)

* It was found that the parse_rock_ridge_inode_internal() function of the Linux kernel's ISOFS implementation did not correctly check relocated directories when processing Rock Ridge child link (CL) tags.
An attacker with physical access to the system could use a specially crafted ISO image to crash the system or, potentially, escalate their privileges on the system. (CVE-2014-5471, CVE-2014-5472, Low)

* A stack-based buffer overflow flaw was found in the TechnoTrend/Hauppauge DEC USB device driver. A local user with write access to the corresponding device could use this flaw to crash the kernel or, potentially, elevate their privileges on the system.
(CVE-2014-8884, Low)

Red Hat would like to thank Mellanox for reporting CVE-2014-8159, and Andy Lutomirski for reporting CVE-2014-3690. The CVE-2015-1421 issue was discovered by Sun Baoliang of Red Hat.

This update also fixes the following bugs :

* Previously, a NULL pointer check that is needed to prevent an oops in the nfs_async_inode_return_delegation() function was removed. As a consequence, a NFS4 client could terminate unexpectedly. The missing NULL pointer check has been added back, and NFS4 client no longer crashes in this situation. (BZ#1187638)

* Due to unbalanced multicast join and leave processing, the attempt to leave a multicast group that had not previously completed a join became unresponsive. This update resolves multiple locking issues in the IPoIB multicast code that allowed multicast groups to be left before the joining was entirely completed. Now, multicast join and leave failures or lockups no longer occur in the described situation.

* A failure to leave a multicast group which had previously been joined prevented the attempt to unregister from the 'sa' service.
Multiple locking issues in the IPoIB multicast join and leave processing have been fixed so that leaving a group that has completed its join process is successful. As a result, attempts to unregister from the 'sa' service no longer lock up due to leaked resources.

* Due to a regression, when large reads which partially extended beyond the end of the underlying device were done, the raw driver returned the EIO error code instead of returning a short read covering the valid part of the device. The underlying source code has been patched, and the raw driver now returns a short read for the remainder of the device. (BZ#1195746)

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: Critical

ID: 82636

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2015-0782.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.5 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/04/08

Modified: 2017/01/06

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 7.4

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-abi-whitelists, 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:6.5

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2015/04/07

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-2596, CVE-2014-3690, CVE-2014-5471, CVE-2014-5472, CVE-2014-8159, CVE-2014-8884, CVE-2015-1421

OSVDB: 92267, 110564, 110565, 113629, 114957, 117716, 119630

RHSA: 2015:0782