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

High Nessus Plugin ID 93892


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


Security Fix(es) :

- A flaw was found in the Linux kernel's keyring handling code, where in key_reject_and_link() an uninitialized variable would eventually lead to arbitrary free address which could allow attacker to use a use-after-free style attack. (CVE-2016-4470, Important)

- A heap-based buffer overflow vulnerability was found in the Linux kernel's hiddev driver. This flaw could allow a local attacker to corrupt kernel memory, possible privilege escalation or crashing the system.
(CVE-2016-5829, Moderate)

The CVE-2016-4470 issue was discovered by David Howells (Red Hat Inc.).

Bug Fix(es) :

- Previously, when two NFS shares with different security settings were mounted, the I/O operations to the kerberos-authenticated mount caused the RPC_CRED_KEY_EXPIRE_SOON parameter to be set, but the parameter was not unset when performing the I/O operations on the sec=sys mount. Consequently, writes to both NFS shares had the same parameters, regardless of their security settings. This update fixes this problem by moving the NO_CRKEY_TIMEOUT parameter to the auth->au_flags field. As a result, NFS shares with different security settings are now handled as expected.

- In some circumstances, resetting a Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) interface could lead to a kernel panic, due to invalid information extracted from the FCoE header. This update adds santiy checking to the cpu number extracted from the FCoE header. This ensures that subsequent operations address a valid cpu, and eliminates the kernel panic.

- Prior to this update, the following problems occurred with the way GSF2 transitioned files and directories from the 'unlinked' state to the 'free' state :

The numbers reported for the df and the du commands in some cases got out of sync, which caused blocks in the file system to appear missing.
The blocks were not actually missing, but they were left in the 'unlinked' state.

In some circumstances, GFS2 referenced a cluster lock that was already deleted, which led to a kernel panic.

If an object was deleted and its space reused as a different object, GFS2 sometimes deleted the existing one, which caused file system corruption.

With this update, the transition from 'unlinked' to 'free' state has been fixed. As a result, none of these three problems occur anymore.

- Previously, the GFS2 file system in some cases became unresponsive due to lock dependency problems between inodes and the cluster lock. This occurred most frequently on nearly full file systems where files and directories were being deleted and recreated at the same block location at the same time. With this update, a set of patches has been applied to fix these lock dependencies. As a result, GFS2 no longer hangs in the described circumstances.

- When used with controllers that do not support DCMD- MR_DCMD_PD_LIST_QUERY, the megaraid_sas driver can go into infinite error reporting loop of error reporting messages. This could cause difficulties with finding other important log messages, or even it could cause the disk to overflow. This bug has been fixed by ignoring the DCMD MR_DCMD_PD_LIST_QUERY query for controllers which do not support it and sending the DCMD SUCCESS status to the AEN functions. As a result, the error messages no longer appear when there is a change in the status of one of the arrays.


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 93892

File Name: sl_20161004_kernel_on_SL6_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.2 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/10/06

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: 2016/10/04

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-4470, CVE-2016-5829