Scientific Linux Security Update : kernel on SL6.x i386/x86_64

High Nessus Plugin ID 85397


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


Two flaws were found in the way the Linux kernel's networking implementation handled UDP packets with incorrect checksum values. A remote attacker could potentially use these flaws to trigger an infinite loop in the kernel, resulting in a denial of service on the system, or cause a denial of service in applications using the edge triggered epoll functionality. (CVE-2015-5364, CVE-2015-5366, Important)

This update also fixes the following bugs :

- When removing a directory, and a reference was held to that directory by a reference to a negative child dentry, the directory dentry was previously not killed.
In addition, once the negative child dentry was killed, an unlinked and unused dentry was present in the cache.
As a consequence, deadlock could be caused by forcing the dentry eviction while the file system in question was frozen. With this update, all unused dentries are unhashed and evicted just after a successful directory removal, which avoids the deadlock, and the system no longer hangs in the aforementioned scenario.

- Due to the broken s_umount lock ordering, a race condition occurred when an unlinked file was closed and the sync (or syncfs) utility was run at the same time.
As a consequence, deadlock occurred on a frozen file system between sync and a process trying to unfreeze the file system. With this update, sync (or syncfs) is skipped on a frozen file system, and deadlock no longer occurs in the aforementioned situation.

- Previously, in the scenario when a file was opened by file handle (fhandle) with its dentry not present in dcache ('cold dcache') and then making use of the unlink() and close() functions, the inode was not freed upon the close() system call. As a consequence, the iput() final was delayed indefinitely. A patch has been provided to fix this bug, and the inode is now freed as expected.

- Due to a corrupted Executable and Linkable Format (ELF) header in the /proc/vmcore file, the kdump utility failed to provide any information. The underlying source code has been patched, and kdump now provides debuging information for kernel crashes as intended.

- Previously, running the multipath request queue caused regressions in cases where paths failed regularly under I/O load. This regression manifested as I/O stalls that exceeded 300 seconds. This update reverts the changes aimed to reduce running the multipath request queue resulting in I/O stalls completing in a timely manner.

The system must be rebooted for this update to take effect.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 85397

File Name: sl_20150813_kernel_on_SL6_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.2 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/08/14

Modified: 2015/09/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2015/08/13

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-5364, CVE-2015-5366