RHEL 7 : kernel-rt (RHSA-2015:1977)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 86717


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated kernel-rt packages that fix two security issues, several bugs, and add one enhancement 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.

* A flaw was found in the way the Linux kernel's VFS subsystem handled file system locks. A local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to trigger a deadlock in the kernel, causing a denial of service on the system. (CVE-2014-8559, Moderate)

* A buffer overflow flaw was found in the way the Linux kernel's virtio-net subsystem handled certain fraglists when the GRO (Generic Receive Offload) functionality was enabled in a bridged network configuration. An attacker on the local network could potentially use this flaw to crash the system, or, although unlikely, elevate their privileges on the system. (CVE-2015-5156, Moderate)

The CVE-2015-5156 issue was discovered by Jason Wang of Red Hat.

The kernel-rt packages have been upgraded to version 3.10.0-229.20.1, which provides a number of bug fixes and enhancements over the previous version, including :

* Unexpected completion is detected on Intel Ethernet x540

* Divide by zero error in intel_pstate_timer_func() [ inline s64 div_s64_rem() ]

* NFS Recover from stateid-type error on SETATTR

* pNFS RHEL 7.1 Data Server connection remains after umount due to lseg refcount leak

* Race during NFS v4.0 recovery and standard IO.

* Fix ip6t_SYNPROXY for namespaces and connection delay

* synproxy window size and sequence number behaviour causes long connection delay

* Crash in kmem_cache_alloc() during disk stress testing (using ipr)

* xfs: sync/backport to upstream v4.1

* iscsi_session recovery_tmo revert back to default when a path becomes active

* read from MD raid1 can fail if read from resync target fails

* backport scsi-mq

* unable to handle kernel paging request at 0000000000237037 [zswap]


All kernel-rt users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which correct these issues and add this enhancement. The system must be rebooted for this update to take effect.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 86717

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2015-1977.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.2 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/11/04

Modified: 2017/01/06

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.1

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-rt, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-rt-debug, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-rt-debug-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-rt-debug-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-rt-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-rt-debuginfo-common-x86_64, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-rt-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-rt-doc, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-rt-trace, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-rt-trace-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-rt-trace-devel, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:7

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

Patch Publication Date: 2015/11/03

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-8559, CVE-2015-5156

RHSA: 2015:1977