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Red Hat: 2011:1813-01: kernel: Important Advisory Print E-mail
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Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
RedHat Linux Updated kernel packages that fix several security issues and various bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.6 Extended Update Support. The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having [More...]
=====================================================================
                   Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis:          Important: kernel security and bug fix update
Advisory ID:       RHSA-2011:1813-01
Product:           Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Advisory URL:      https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2011-1813.html
Issue date:        2011-12-13
CVE Names:         CVE-2011-2482 CVE-2011-2491 CVE-2011-2495 
                   CVE-2011-2517 CVE-2011-2519 CVE-2011-2901 
=====================================================================

1. Summary:

Updated kernel packages that fix several security issues and various bugs
are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.6 Extended Update Support.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having
important security impact. Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base
scores, which give detailed severity ratings, are available for each
vulnerability from the CVE links in the References section.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux EUS (v. 5.6 server) - i386, ia64, noarch, ppc, s390x, x86_64

3. Description:

These packages contain the Linux kernel.

This update fixes the following security issues:

* A flaw in the Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP) implementation
could allow a remote attacker to cause a denial of service by sending a
specially-crafted SCTP packet to a target system. (CVE-2011-2482,
Important)

If you do not run applications that use SCTP, you can prevent the sctp
module from being loaded by adding the following to the end of the
"/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf" file:

blacklist sctp

This way, the sctp module cannot be loaded accidentally, which may occur
if an application that requires SCTP is started. A reboot is not necessary
for this change to take effect.

* A flaw in the client-side NFS Lock Manager (NLM) implementation could
allow a local, unprivileged user to cause a denial of service.
(CVE-2011-2491, Important)

* Flaws in the netlink-based wireless configuration interface could allow
a local user, who has the CAP_NET_ADMIN capability, to cause a denial of
service or escalate their privileges on systems that have an active
wireless interface. (CVE-2011-2517, Important)

* A flaw was found in the way the Linux kernel's Xen hypervisor
implementation emulated the SAHF instruction. When using a
fully-virtualized guest on a host that does not use hardware assisted
paging (HAP), such as those running CPUs that do not have support for (or
those that have it disabled) Intel Extended Page Tables (EPT) or AMD
Virtualization (AMD-V) Rapid Virtualization Indexing (RVI), a privileged
guest user could trigger this flaw to cause the hypervisor to crash.
(CVE-2011-2519, Moderate)

* A flaw in the __addr_ok() macro in the Linux kernel's Xen hypervisor
implementation when running on 64-bit systems could allow a privileged
guest user to crash the hypervisor. (CVE-2011-2901, Moderate)

* /proc/[PID]/io is world-readable by default. Previously, these files
could be read without any further restrictions. A local, unprivileged user
could read these files, belonging to other, possibly privileged processes
to gather confidential information, such as the length of a password used
in a process. (CVE-2011-2495, Low)

Red Hat would like to thank Vasily Averin for reporting CVE-2011-2491, and
Vasiliy Kulikov of Openwall for reporting CVE-2011-2495.

This update also fixes the following bugs:

* On Broadcom PCI cards that use the tg3 driver, the operational state of a
network device, represented by the value in
"/sys/class/net/ethX/operstate", was not initialized by default.
Consequently, the state was reported as "unknown" when the tg3 network
device was actually in the "up" state. This update modifies the tg3 driver
to properly set the operstate value. (BZ#744699)

* A KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) guest can get preempted by the host,
when a higher priority process needs to run. When a guest is not running
for several timer interrupts in a row, ticks could be lost, resulting in
the jiffies timer advancing slower than expected and timeouts taking longer
than expected. To correct for the issue of lost ticks,
do_timer_tsc_timekeeping() checks a reference clock source (kvm-clock when
running as a KVM guest) to see if timer interrupts have been missed. If so,
jiffies is incremented by the number of missed timer interrupts, ensuring
that programs are woken up on time. (BZ#747874)

* When a block device object was allocated, the bd_super field was not
being explicitly initialized to NULL. Previously, users of the block device
object could set bd_super to NULL when the object was released by calling
the kill_block_super() function. Certain third-party file systems do not
always use this function, and bd_super could therefore become uninitialized
when the object was allocated again. This could cause a kernel panic in the
blkdev_releasepage() function, when the uninitialized bd_super field was
dereferenced. Now, bd_super is properly initialized in the bdget()
function, and the kernel panic no longer occurs. (BZ#751137)

4. Solution:

Users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain
backported patches to resolve these issues. The system must be
rebooted for this update to take effect.

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

This update is available via the Red Hat Network. Details on how to
use the Red Hat Network to apply this update are available at
https://access.redhat.com/kb/docs/DOC-11259

To install kernel packages manually, use "rpm -ivh [package]". Do not
use "rpm -Uvh" as that will remove the running kernel binaries from
your system. You may use "rpm -e" to remove old kernels after
determining that the new kernel functions properly on your system.

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

709393 - CVE-2011-2491 kernel: rpc task leak after flock()ing  NFS share
714867 - CVE-2011-2482 kernel: sctp dos
716825 - CVE-2011-2495 kernel: /proc/PID/io infoleak
718152 - CVE-2011-2517 kernel: nl80211: missing check for valid SSID size in scan operations
718882 - CVE-2011-2519 kernel: xen: x86_emulate: fix SAHF emulation
728042 - CVE-2011-2901 kernel: xen: off-by-one shift in x86_64 __addr_ok()

6. Package List:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux EUS (v. 5.6 server):

Source:
kernel-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.src.rpm

i386:
kernel-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-PAE-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-PAE-debuginfo-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-PAE-devel-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.i386.rpm
kernel-xen-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-xen-debuginfo-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-xen-devel-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.i686.rpm

ia64:
kernel-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-xen-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-xen-debuginfo-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-xen-devel-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.ia64.rpm

noarch:
kernel-doc-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.noarch.rpm

ppc:
kernel-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.ppc.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-kdump-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-kdump-debuginfo-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-kdump-devel-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.ppc64.rpm

s390x:
kernel-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-kdump-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-kdump-debuginfo-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-kdump-devel-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.s390x.rpm

x86_64:
kernel-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-xen-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-xen-debuginfo-2.6.18-238.31.1.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-xen-devel-2.6.18-238.31.1.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://access.redhat.com/security/team/key/#package

7. References:

https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2011-2482.html
https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2011-2491.html
https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2011-2495.html
https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2011-2517.html
https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2011-2519.html
https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2011-2901.html
https://access.redhat.com/security/updates/classification/#important

8. Contact:

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

Copyright 2011 Red Hat, Inc.
 
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