RHEL 6 : kernel (RHSA-2016:0617)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 90494


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


An update for kernel is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 Extended Update Support.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having a security impact of Moderate. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available for each vulnerability from the CVE link(s) in the References section.

The kernel packages contain the Linux kernel, the core of any Linux operating system.

Security Fix(es) :

* It was found that the fix for CVE-2015-1805 incorrectly kept buffer offset and buffer length in sync on a failed atomic read, potentially resulting in a pipe buffer state corruption. A local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to crash the system or leak kernel memory to user space. (CVE-2016-0774, Moderate)

The security impact of this issue was discovered by Red Hat.

Bug Fix(es) :

* Due to prematurely decremented calc_load_task, the calculated load average was off by up to the number of CPUs in the machine. As a consequence, job scheduling worked improperly causing a drop in the system performance. This update keeps the delta of the CPU going into NO_HZ idle separately, and folds the pending idle delta into the global active count while correctly aging the averages for the idle-duration when leaving NO_HZ mode. Now, job scheduling works correctly, ensuring balanced CPU load. (BZ#1308968)

* Previously, the Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP) retransmission path selection was not fully RFC compliant when Partial Failover had been enabled. The provided patch provides SCTP path selection updates, thus fixing this bug. (BZ#1306565)


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 90494

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2016-0617.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.6 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/04/13

Modified: 2017/12/04

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5.6

Temporal Score: 4.9

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

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


Base Score: 6.8

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:N/A:H

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-abi-whitelists, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-debug, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-debug-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-debug-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-debuginfo-common-i686, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-debuginfo-common-s390x, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-debuginfo-common-x86_64, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-doc, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-firmware, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-headers, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-kdump, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-kdump-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel-kdump-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:perf, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:perf-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:python-perf, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:python-perf-debuginfo, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6.6

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2016/04/12

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-0774

OSVDB: 122968

RHSA: 2016:0617