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RedHat: Important: kernel security and bug fix update Print E-mail
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Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
RedHat Linux Updated kernel packages that fix various security issues and several bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. This update has been rated as having important security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.
=====================================================================
                   Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis:          Important: kernel security and bug fix update
Advisory ID:       RHSA-2008:0885-01
Product:           Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Advisory URL:      https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2008-0885.html
Issue date:        2008-09-24
CVE Names:         CVE-2008-2931 CVE-2008-3275 CVE-2007-6417 
                   CVE-2007-6716 CVE-2008-3272 
=====================================================================

1. Summary:

Updated kernel packages that fix various security issues and several bugs
are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

This update has been rated as having important security impact by the Red
Hat Security Response Team.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 client) - i386, noarch, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server) - i386, ia64, noarch, ppc, s390x, x86_64

3. Description:

The kernel packages contain the Linux kernel, the core of any Linux
operating system.

Security fixes:

* a missing capability check was found in the Linux kernel do_change_type
routine. This could allow a local unprivileged user to gain privileged
access or cause a denial of service. (CVE-2008-2931, Important)

* a flaw was found in the Linux kernel Direct-IO implementation. This could
allow a local unprivileged user to cause a denial of service.
(CVE-2007-6716, Important)

* Tobias Klein reported a missing check in the Linux kernel Open Sound
System (OSS) implementation. This deficiency could lead to a possible
information leak. (CVE-2008-3272, Moderate)

* a deficiency was found in the Linux kernel virtual filesystem (VFS)
implementation. This could allow a local unprivileged user to attempt file
creation within deleted directories, possibly causing a denial of service.
(CVE-2008-3275, Moderate)

* a flaw was found in the Linux kernel tmpfs implementation. This could
allow a local unprivileged user to read sensitive information from the
kernel. (CVE-2007-6417, Moderate)

Bug fixes:

* when copying a small IPoIB packet from the original skb it was received
in to a new, smaller skb, all fields in the new skb were not initialized.
This may have caused a kernel oops.

* previously, data may have been written beyond the end of an array,
causing memory corruption on certain systems, resulting in hypervisor
crashes during context switching.

* a kernel crash may have occurred on heavily-used Samba servers after 24
to 48 hours of use.

* under heavy memory pressure, pages may have been swapped out from under
the SGI Altix XPMEM driver, causing silent data corruption in the kernel.

* the ixgbe driver is untested, but support was advertised for the Intel
82598 network card. If this card was present when the ixgbe driver was
loaded, a NULL pointer dereference and a panic occurred.

* on certain systems, if multiple InfiniBand queue pairs simultaneously
fell into an error state, an overrun may have occurred, stopping traffic.

* with bridging, when forward delay was set to zero, setting an interface
to the forwarding state was delayed by one or possibly two timers,
depending on whether STP was enabled. This may have caused long delays in
moving an interface to the forwarding state. This issue caused packet loss
when migrating virtual machines, preventing them from being migrated
without interrupting applications.

* on certain multinode systems, IPMI device nodes were created in reverse
order of where they physically resided.

* process hangs may have occurred while accessing application data files
via asynchronous direct I/O system calls.

* on systems with heavy lock traffic, a possible deadlock may have caused
anything requiring locks over NFS to stop, or be very slow. Errors such as
"lockd: server [IP] not responding, timed out" were logged on client
systems.

* unexpected removals of USB devices may have caused a NULL pointer
dereference in kobject_get_path.

* on Itanium-based systems, repeatedly creating and destroying Windows
guests may have caused Dom0 to crash, due to the "XENMEM_add_to_physmap"
hypercall, used by para-virtualized drivers on HVM, being SMP-unsafe.

* when using an MD software RAID, crashes may have occurred when devices
were removed or changed while being iterated through. Correct locking is
now used.

* break requests had no effect when using "Serial Over Lan" with the Intel
82571 network card. This issue may have caused log in problems.

* on Itanium-based systems, module_free() referred the first parameter
before checking it was valid. This may have caused a kernel panic when
exiting SystemTap.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 users are advised to upgrade to these updated
packages, which contain backported patches to resolve these issues.

4. Solution:

Before applying this update, make sure that all previously-released
errata relevant to your system have been applied.

This update is available via Red Hat Network.  Details on how to use
the Red Hat Network to apply this update are available at
http://kbase.redhat.com/faq/FAQ_58_10188

5. Bugs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/):

426081 - CVE-2007-6417 tmpfs: restore missing clear_highpage (kernels from 2.6.11 up)
447913 - LTC43854-trap 700 Program check on uli05, pc: c000000000323910: .skb_under_panic+0x50/0x68 [rhel-5.2.z]
454388 - CVE-2008-2931 kernel: missing check before setting mount propagation
455768 - Guest OS install causes host machine to crash
456235 - [RHEL5] Kernel panic triggered by smbd
456946 - Silent memory corruption with xpmem
457484 - ixgbe panics system when installing RHEL 5.2 with 82598AT (copper 10 gig) adapter
457858 - CVE-2008-3275 Linux kernel local filesystem DoS
457995 - CVE-2008-3272 kernel snd_seq_oss_synth_make_info leak
458779 - LTC44570-Event Queue overflow on eHCA adapters
458783 - lost packets when live migrating
459071 - LTC41679-IPMI device nodes created in reverse order on multinode systems
459082 - process hangs in async direct IO / possible race between dio_bio_end_aio() and dio_await_one() ?
459083 - deadlock when lockd tries to take f_sema that it already has
459776 - [Stratus 5.2.z bug] kernel NULL pointer dereference in kobject_get_path
459780 - [IA64] Fix SMP-unsafe with XENMEM_add_to_physmap on HVM
460128 - [NEC/Stratus 5.2.z bug] various crashes in md - rdev removed in the middle of ITERATE_RDEV
460509 - SysRq handling issue in serial driver
460639 - kprobes remove causing kernel panic on ia64 with 2.6.18-92.1.10.el5 kernel
461082 - CVE-2007-6716 kernel: dio: zero struct dio with kzalloc instead of manually

6. Package List:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 client):

Source:
ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Client/en/os/SRPMS/kernel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.src.rpm

i386:
kernel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-PAE-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-PAE-debuginfo-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-PAE-devel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i386.rpm
kernel-xen-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-xen-debuginfo-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-xen-devel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i686.rpm

noarch:
kernel-doc-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.noarch.rpm

x86_64:
kernel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-xen-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-xen-debuginfo-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-xen-devel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.x86_64.rpm

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server):

Source:
ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Server/en/os/SRPMS/kernel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.src.rpm

i386:
kernel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-PAE-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-PAE-debuginfo-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-PAE-devel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i386.rpm
kernel-xen-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-xen-debuginfo-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-xen-devel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.i686.rpm

ia64:
kernel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-xen-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-xen-debuginfo-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-xen-devel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.ia64.rpm

noarch:
kernel-doc-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.noarch.rpm

ppc:
kernel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.ppc.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-kdump-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-kdump-debuginfo-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-kdump-devel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.ppc64.rpm

s390x:
kernel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-kdump-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-kdump-debuginfo-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-kdump-devel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.s390x.rpm

x86_64:
kernel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-xen-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-xen-debuginfo-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-xen-devel-2.6.18-92.1.13.el5.x86_64.rpm

These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat for security.  Our key and 
details on how to verify the signature are available from
https://www.redhat.com/security/team/key/#package

7. References:

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-2931
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-3275
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2007-6417
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2007-6716
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-3272
http://www.redhat.com/security/updates/classification/#important

8. Contact:

The Red Hat security contact is .  More contact
details at https://www.redhat.com/security/team/contact/

Copyright 2008 Red Hat, Inc.
 
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