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SuSE: Linux Kernel (SUSE-SA:2009:055) Print E-mail
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Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
SuSE
______________________________________________________________________________

                        SUSE Security Announcement

        Package:                kernel
        Announcement ID:        SUSE-SA:2009:055
        Date:                   Thu, 12 Nov 2009 19:00:00 +0000
        Affected Products:      SLE SDK 10 SP3
                                SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 SP3
                                SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP3 DEBUGINFO
                                SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3
        Vulnerability Type:     local privilege escalation
        Severity (1-10):        7
        SUSE Default Package:   yes
        Cross-References:       CVE-2009-1192, CVE-2009-2909, CVE-2009-2910,
                                CVE-2009-3238, CVE-2009-3547

    Content of This Advisory:
        1) Security Vulnerability Resolved:
             Linux kernel security update
           Problem Description
        2) Solution or Work-Around
        3) Special Instructions and Notes
        4) Package Location and Checksums
        5) Pending Vulnerabilities, Solutions, and Work-Arounds:
            Pending updates for the CVE-2009-3547 issue
        6) Authenticity Verification and Additional Information

______________________________________________________________________________

1) Problem Description and Brief Discussion

   This update fixes various bugs and some security issues in the SUSE
   Linux Enterprise 10 SP 3 kernel.

   Following security issues were fixed:
   CVE-2009-3547: A race condition during pipe open could be used by
   local attackers to elevate privileges.

   CVE-2009-3238: The get_random_int function in drivers/char/random.c in
   the Linux kernel produces insufficiently random numbers, which allows
   attackers to predict the return value, and possibly defeat protection
   mechanisms based on randomization, via vectors that leverage the
   functions tendency to return the same value over and over again for
   long stretches of time.

   CVE-2009-1192: The (1) agp_generic_alloc_page and (2)
   agp_generic_alloc_pages functions in drivers/char/agp/generic.c in
   the agp subsystem in the Linux kernel do not zero out pages that may
   later be available to a user-space process, which allows local users
   to obtain sensitive information by reading these pages.

   CVE-2009-2909: Unsigned check in the ax25 socket handler could allow
   local attackers to potentially crash the kernel or even execute code.

   CVE-2009-2910: On x86_64 systems a information leak of high register
   contents (upper 32bit) was fixed.

2) Solution or Work-Around

   There is no known workaround, please install the update packages.

3) Special Instructions and Notes

   Reboot the machine after installing the update.

4) Package Location and Checksums

   The preferred method for installing security updates is to use the YaST
   Online Update (YOU) tool. YOU detects which updates are required and
   automatically performs the necessary steps to verify and install them.
   Alternatively, download the update packages for your distribution manually
   and verify their integrity by the methods listed in Section 6 of this
   announcement. Then install the packages using the command

     rpm -Fhv 

   to apply the update, replacing  with the filename of the
   downloaded RPM package.

   Our maintenance customers are notified individually. The packages are
   offered for installation from the maintenance web:

   SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 SP3 for AMD64 and Intel EM64T
     http://download.novell.com/index.jsp?search=Search&set_restricted=true&keywords=ddf0cfe0200a78301be8b1d7b78fb645

   SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP3 DEBUGINFO for IBM zSeries 64bit
     http://download.novell.com/index.jsp?search=Search&set_restricted=true&keywords=b7e0a3a4762fed8e2796b6c6a47318da

   SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP3 DEBUGINFO for IBM POWER
     http://download.novell.com/index.jsp?search=Search&set_restricted=true&keywords=2cf3d40457c9435953c26b8e74c24432

   SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP3 DEBUGINFO for IPF
     http://download.novell.com/index.jsp?search=Search&set_restricted=true&keywords=5fb2b55e46097825cba505848cb839cb

   SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3
     http://download.novell.com/index.jsp?search=Search&set_restricted=true&keywords=ddf0cfe0200a78301be8b1d7b78fb645
     http://download.novell.com/index.jsp?search=Search&set_restricted=true&keywords=b7e0a3a4762fed8e2796b6c6a47318da
     http://download.novell.com/index.jsp?search=Search&set_restricted=true&keywords=2cf3d40457c9435953c26b8e74c24432
     http://download.novell.com/index.jsp?search=Search&set_restricted=true&keywords=5fb2b55e46097825cba505848cb839cb
     http://download.novell.com/index.jsp?search=Search&set_restricted=true&keywords=4d39ec6d8748e038ab04a0b27f7382a1

   SLE SDK 10 SP3
     http://download.novell.com/index.jsp?search=Search&set_restricted=true&keywords=ddf0cfe0200a78301be8b1d7b78fb645
     http://download.novell.com/index.jsp?search=Search&set_restricted=true&keywords=2cf3d40457c9435953c26b8e74c24432
     http://download.novell.com/index.jsp?search=Search&set_restricted=true&keywords=5fb2b55e46097825cba505848cb839cb
     http://download.novell.com/index.jsp?search=Search&set_restricted=true&keywords=4d39ec6d8748e038ab04a0b27f7382a1

   SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP3 DEBUGINFO
     http://download.novell.com/index.jsp?search=Search&set_restricted=true&keywords=ddf0cfe0200a78301be8b1d7b78fb645
     http://download.novell.com/index.jsp?search=Search&set_restricted=true&keywords=2cf3d40457c9435953c26b8e74c24432
     http://download.novell.com/index.jsp?search=Search&set_restricted=true&keywords=5fb2b55e46097825cba505848cb839cb
     http://download.novell.com/index.jsp?search=Search&set_restricted=true&keywords=4d39ec6d8748e038ab04a0b27f7382a1

   SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 SP3
     http://download.novell.com/index.jsp?search=Search&set_restricted=true&keywords=ddf0cfe0200a78301be8b1d7b78fb645
     http://download.novell.com/index.jsp?search=Search&set_restricted=true&keywords=4d39ec6d8748e038ab04a0b27f7382a1

   SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 SP3 for x86
     http://download.novell.com/index.jsp?search=Search&set_restricted=true&keywords=4d39ec6d8748e038ab04a0b27f7382a1

______________________________________________________________________________

5) Pending Vulnerabilities, Solutions, and Work-Arounds:

   - Pending kernel updates for the CVE-2009-3547 issue.

     SLES 9 kernels are still in QA and were delayed to build failures. We expect
     a release either tomorrow or Monday.

     SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 and the openSUSE products use
     "mmap_min_addr" protection by default and are default not vulnerable.
     The fix will be rolled in into their next update rounds.
______________________________________________________________________________

6) Authenticity Verification and Additional Information

  - Announcement authenticity verification:

    SUSE security announcements are published via mailing lists and on Web
    sites. The authenticity and integrity of a SUSE security announcement is
    guaranteed by a cryptographic signature in each announcement. All SUSE
    security announcements are published with a valid signature.

    To verify the signature of the announcement, save it as text into a file
    and run the command

      gpg --verify 

    replacing  with the name of the file where you saved the
    announcement. The output for a valid signature looks like:

      gpg: Signature made  using RSA key ID 3D25D3D9
      gpg: Good signature from "SuSE Security Team "

    where  is replaced by the date the document was signed.

    If the security team's key is not contained in your key ring, you can
    import it from the first installation CD. To import the key, use the
    command

      gpg --import gpg-pubkey-3d25d3d9-36e12d04.asc

  - Package authenticity verification:

    SUSE update packages are available on many mirror FTP servers all over the
    world. While this service is considered valuable and important to the free
    and open source software community, the authenticity and the integrity of
    a package needs to be verified to ensure that it has not been tampered
    with.

    The internal rpm package signatures provide an easy way to verify the
    authenticity of an RPM package. Use the command

     rpm -v --checksig 

    to verify the signature of the package, replacing  with the
    filename of the RPM package downloaded. The package is unmodified if it
    contains a valid signature from build@suse.de with the key ID 9C800ACA.

    This key is automatically imported into the RPM database (on
    RPMv4-based distributions) and the gpg key ring of 'root' during
    installation. You can also find it on the first installation CD and at
    the end of this announcement.

  - SUSE runs two security mailing lists to which any interested party may
    subscribe:

    opensuse-security@opensuse.org
        -   General Linux and SUSE security discussion.
            All SUSE security announcements are sent to this list.
            To subscribe, send an e-mail to
                .

    opensuse-security-announce@opensuse.org
        -   SUSE's announce-only mailing list.
            Only SUSE's security announcements are sent to this list.
            To subscribe, send an e-mail to
                .

    =====================================================================
    SUSE's security contact is  or .
    The  public key is listed below.
    =====================================================================
______________________________________________________________________________

    The information in this advisory may be distributed or reproduced,
    provided that the advisory is not modified in any way. In particular, the
    clear text signature should show proof of the authenticity of the text.

    SUSE Linux Products GmbH provides no warranties of any kind whatsoever
    with respect to the information contained in this security advisory.
 
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