Oracle Linux 6 : kernel (ELSA-2017-0892)

High Nessus Plugin ID 99298


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


From Red Hat Security Advisory 2017:0892 :

An update for kernel is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

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 flaw was found in the N_HLDC Linux kernel driver when accessing n_hdlc.tbuf list that can lead to double free. A local, unprivileged user able to set the HDLC line discipline on the tty device could use this flaw to increase their privileges on the system.
(CVE-2017-2636, Important)

* A flaw was found in the Linux kernel's implementation of seq_file where a local attacker could manipulate memory in the put() function pointer. This could lead to memory corruption and possible privileged escalation. (CVE-2016-7910, Moderate)

Red Hat would like to thank Alexander Popov for reporting CVE-2017-2636.

Bug Fix(es) :

* Previously, Chelsio firmware included an incorrectly-formatted firmware bin file. As a consequence, the firmware could not be flashed. This update provides a firmware bin file that is formatted correctly. As a result, Chelsio firmware can now be flashed successfully. (BZ#1433865)

* When multiple simultaneous processes attempted to read from the /proc/stat file, spinlock overhead was generated on Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) systems. Consequently, a large amount of CPU was consumed. With this update, the underlying source code has been fixed to avoid taking spinlock when the interrupt line does not exist. As a result, the spinlock overhead is now generated less often, and multiple simultaneous processes can now read /proc/stat without consuming a large amount of CPU. (BZ#1428106)


Update the affected kernel packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 99298

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2017-0892.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.2 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2017/04/12

Modified: 2017/04/14

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 6.9

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C


Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.8

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-abi-whitelists, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-debug, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-debug-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-doc, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-firmware, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:kernel-headers, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:perf, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:python-perf, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:6

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2017/04/11

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-7910, CVE-2017-2636

OSVDB: 147034, 153186

RHSA: 2017:0892