Oracle Linux 7 : kernel (ELSA-2015-1534)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 85247


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


From Red Hat Security Advisory 2015:1534 :

Updated kernel packages that fix multiple security issues and several bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Moderate 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.

* An integer overflow flaw was found in the way the Linux kernel's netfilter connection tracking implementation loaded extensions. An attacker on a local network could potentially send a sequence of specially crafted packets that would initiate the loading of a large number of extensions, causing the targeted system in that network to crash. (CVE-2014-9715, Moderate)

* A stack-based buffer overflow flaw was found in the Linux kernel's early load microcode functionality. On a system with UEFI Secure Boot enabled, a local, privileged user could use this flaw to increase their privileges to the kernel (ring0) level, bypassing intended restrictions in place. (CVE-2015-2666, Moderate)

* 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)

* 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)

Red Hat would like to thank Nathan Hoad for reporting the CVE-2014-9715 issue.

This update also fixes several bugs. Refer to the following Knowledgebase article for further information :

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.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 85247

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2015-1534.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.7 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/08/06

Modified: 2017/08/15

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.9

Temporal Score: 6

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-abi-whitelists, 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-tools, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-tools-libs, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-tools-libs-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:perf, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:python-perf, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:7

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2015/08/06

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-9715, CVE-2015-2666, CVE-2015-2922, CVE-2015-3636

OSVDB: 119873, 120282, 120540, 121578

RHSA: 2015:1534