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T-667: Red Hat Enterprise Linux kernel security and bug fix update

July 13, 2011 - 7:24am

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PROBLEM:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux kernel security and bug fix update

PLATFORM:

Vulnerable Linux Kernels; Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 6), Red Hat Enterprise Linux HPC Node (v. 6), Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (v. 6), Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server EUS (v. 6.1.z), Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation (v. 6)

ABSTRACT:

It was found that the receive hook in the ipip_init() function in the ipip module, and in the ipgre_init() function in the ip_gre module, could be called before network namespaces setup is complete. If packets were received at the time the ipip or ip_gre module was still being loaded into the kernel, it could cause a denial of service. (CVE-2011-1767, CVE-2011-1768, Moderate)

It was found that an mmap() call with the MAP_PRIVATE flag on "/dev/zero" would create transparent hugepages and trigger a certain robustness check. A local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to cause a denial of service. (CVE-2011-2479, Moderate)

reference LINKS:

CVE-2011-1767: kernel: netns vs proto registration ordering
CVE-2011-1768: kernel: netns vs proto registration ordering
CVE-2011-2479: kernel: thp: madvise on top of /dev/zero private mapping can lead to panic

IMPACT ASSESSMENT:

Medium

Discussion:

Updated kernel packages that fix multiple security issues and various bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having moderate 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. The kernel packages contain the Linux kernel, the core of any Linux operating system.

Solution:

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

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