Scientific Linux Security Update : kernel on SL6.x i386/x86_64
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 84790
SynopsisThe remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security updates.
Description* A NULL pointer dereference flaw was found in the way the Linux kernel's virtual console implementation handled reference counting when accessing pseudo-terminal device files (/dev/pts/*). A local, unprivileged attacker could use this flaw to crash the system.
* It was found that the Linux kernel's ping socket implementation did not properly handle socket unhashing during spurious disconnects, which could lead to a use-after-free flaw. On x86-64 architecture systems, a local user able to create ping sockets could use this flaw to crash the system. On non-x86-64 architecture systems, a local user able to create ping sockets could use this flaw to escalate their privileges on the system. (CVE-2015-3636, Moderate)
* An integer overflow flaw was found in the way the Linux kernel randomized the stack for processes on certain 64-bit architecture systems, such as x86-64, causing the stack entropy to be reduced by four. (CVE-2015-1593, Low)
* A flaw was found in the way the Linux kernel's 32-bit emulation implementation handled forking or closing of a task with an 'int80' entry. A local user could potentially use this flaw to escalate their privileges on the system. (CVE-2015-2830, Low)
* It was found that the Linux kernel's TCP/IP protocol suite implementation for IPv6 allowed the Hop Limit value to be set to a smaller value than the default one. An attacker on a local network could use this flaw to prevent systems on that network from sending or receiving network packets. (CVE-2015-2922, Low)
For information on the most significant of these changes, users are directed to the following article on the Red Hat Customer Portal :
The system must be rebooted for this update to take effect.
SolutionUpdate the affected packages.