Scientific Linux Security Update : kernel on SL7.x x86_64

High Nessus Plugin ID 91215


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


Security Fix(es) :

- A flaw was found in the way the Linux kernel's ASN.1 DER decoder processed certain certificate files with tags of indefinite length. A local, unprivileged user could use a specially crafted X.509 certificate DER file to crash the system or, potentially, escalate their privileges on the system. (CVE-2016-0758, Important)

Bug Fix(es) :

- Under certain conditions, the migration threads could race with the CPU hotplug, which could cause a deadlock.
A set of patches has been provided to fix this bug, and the deadlock no longer occurs in the system.

- A bug in the code that cleans up revoked delegations could previously cause a soft lockup in the NFS server.
This patch fixes the underlying source code, so the lockup no longer occurs.

- The second attempt to reload Common Application Programming Interface (CAPI) devices on the little-endian variant of IBM Power Systems previously failed. The provided set of patches fixes this bug, and reloading works as intended.

- Due to inconsistencies in page size of IOMMU, the NVMe device, and the kernel, the BUG_ON signal previously occurred in the nvme_setup_prps() function, leading to the system crash while setting up the DMA transfer. The provided patch sets the default NVMe page size to 4k, thus preventing the system crash.

- Previously, on a system using the Infiniband mlx5 driver used for the SRP stack, a hard lockup previously occurred after the kernel exceeded time with lock held with interrupts blocked. As a consequence, the system panicked. This update fixes this bug, and the system no longer panics in this situation.

- On the little-endian variant of IBM Power Systems, the kernel previously crashed in the bitmap_weight() function while running the memory affinity script. The provided patch fortifies the topology setup and prevents sd->child from being set to NULL when it is already NULL. As a result, the memory affinity script runs successfully.

- When a KVM guest wrote random values to the special-purpose registers (SPR) Instruction Authority Mask Register (IAMR), the guest and the corresponding QEMU process previously hung. This update adds the code which sets SPRs to a suitable neutral value on guest exit, thus fixing this bug.

- Under heavy iSCSI traffic load, the system previously panicked due to a race in the locking code leading to a list corruption. This update fixes this bug, and the system no longer panics in this situation.

- During SCSI exception handling (triggered by some irregularities), the driver could previously use an already retired SCSI command. As a consequence, a kernel panic or data corruption occurred. The provided patches fix this bug, and exception handling now proceeds successfully.

- When the previously opened /dev/tty, which pointed to a pseudo terminal (pty) pair, was the last file closed, a kernel crash could previously occur. The underlying source code has been fixed, preventing this bug.

- Previously, when using VPLEX and FCoE via the bnx2fc driver, different degrees of data corruption occurred.
The provided patch fixes the FCP Response (RSP) residual parsing in bnx2fc, which prevents the aforementioned corruption.


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 91215

File Name: sl_20160512_kernel_on_SL7_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.3 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/05/18

Modified: 2016/10/19

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

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


Base Score: 7.8

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

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: 2016/05/12

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-0758