Scientific Linux Security Update : kernel on SL6.x i386/x86_64 (20170411)

high Nessus Plugin ID 99301
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Synopsis

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

Description

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)

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.

- 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.

Solution

Update the affected packages.

See Also

http://www.nessus.org/u?6e794c66

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 99301

File Name: sl_20170411_kernel_on_SL6_x.nasl

Version: 3.4

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 4/12/2017

Updated: 1/14/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

VPR

Risk Factor: High

Score: 8.4

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 9.3

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

CVSS v3

Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-abi-whitelists, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-debug, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-debug-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-debug-devel, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-debuginfo-common-i686, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-debuginfo-common-x86_64, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-devel, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-doc, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-firmware, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:kernel-headers, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:perf, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:perf-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:python-perf, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:python-perf-debuginfo, 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: 4/11/2017

Vulnerability Publication Date: 11/16/2016

Reference Information

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