Oracle Linux 5 : kernel (ELSA-2015-0783)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 82688


The remote Oracle Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


From Red Hat Security Advisory 2015:0783 :

Updated kernel packages that fix two security issues and two bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

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)

* An insufficient bound checking flaw was found in the Xen hypervisor's implementation of acceleration support for the 'REP MOVS' instructions. A privileged HVM guest user could potentially use this flaw to crash the host. (CVE-2014-8867, Important)

Red Hat would like to thank Mellanox for reporting CVE-2014-8159, and the Xen project for reporting CVE-2014-8867.

This update also fixes the following bugs :

* Under memory pressure, cached data was previously flushed to the backing server using the PID of the thread responsible for flushing the data in the Server Message Block (SMB) headers instead of the PID of the thread which actually wrote the data. As a consequence, when a file was locked by the writing thread prior to writing, the server considered writes by the thread flushing the pagecache as being a separate process from writing to a locked file, and thus rejected the writes. In addition, the data to be written was discarded. This update ensures that the correct PID is sent to the server, and data corruption is avoided when data is being written from a client under memory pressure. (BZ#1169304)

* This update adds support for new cryptographic hardware in toleration mode for IBM System z. (BZ#1182522)

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 kernel packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 82688

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2015-0783.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.8 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/04/10

Modified: 2016/05/06

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.9

Temporal Score: 4.8

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-PAE, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-PAE-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-debug, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-debug-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-doc, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-headers, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-xen, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-xen-devel, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:5

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2015/04/08

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-8159, CVE-2014-8867

BID: 71331, 73060

OSVDB: 115138, 119630

RHSA: 2015:0783