RHEL 6 : kernel (RHSA-2016:2133) (Dirty COW)

High Nessus Plugin ID 94463


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


An update for kernel is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 Advanced Update Support.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having a security impact of Important. 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) :

* A race condition was found in the way the Linux kernel's memory subsystem handled the copy-on-write (COW) breakage of private read-only memory mappings. An unprivileged, local user could use this flaw to gain write access to otherwise read-only memory mappings and thus increase their privileges on the system. (CVE-2016-5195, Important)

* A flaw was found in the Linux kernel's keyring handling code: the key_reject_and_link() function could be forced to free an arbitrary memory block. An attacker could use this flaw to trigger a use-after-free condition on the system, potentially allowing for privilege escalation. (CVE-2016-4470, Important)

Red Hat would like to thank Phil Oester for reporting CVE-2016-5195.
The CVE-2016-4470 issue was discovered by David Howells (Red Hat).


Update the affected packages.

See Also




Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 94463

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2016-2133.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.11 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/11/02

Modified: 2017/01/16

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 6

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

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


Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 7.2

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:F/RL:O/RC:X

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kernel, 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-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: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:6.4

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: 2016/11/01

Exploitable With


Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-4470, CVE-2016-5195

OSVDB: 140046, 146061

RHSA: 2016:2133

IAVA: 2016-A-0306