Important CentOS kernel Security Update


kernel-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.i686.rpm, kernel-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.src.rpm, kernel-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.x86_64.rpm, kernel-abi-whitelists-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.noarch.rpm, kernel-debug-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.i686.rpm, kernel-debug-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.x86_64.rpm, kernel-debug-devel-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.i686.rpm, kernel-debug-devel-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.x86_64.rpm, kernel-devel-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.i686.rpm, kernel-devel-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.x86_64.rpm, kernel-doc-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.noarch.rpm, kernel-firmware-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.noarch.rpm, kernel-headers-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.i686.rpm, kernel-headers-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.x86_64.rpm, perf-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.i686.rpm, perf-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.x86_64.rpm, python-perf-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.i686.rpm, python-perf-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.x86_64.rpm,
2018-01-18 11:09
2017-07-27 19:09
2017-04-01 19:08
2017-01-05 20:13


Updated kernel packages that fix multiple security issues and several bugs
are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

Red Hat Product Security 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.

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

* A flaw was found in the way seunshare, a utility for running executables
under a different security context, used the capng_lock functionality of
the libcap-ng library. The subsequent invocation of suid root binaries that
relied on the fact that the setuid() system call, among others, also sets
the saved set-user-ID when dropping the binaries' process privileges, could
allow a local, unprivileged user to potentially escalate their privileges
on the system. Note: the fix for this issue is the kernel part of the
overall fix, and introduces the PR_SET_NO_NEW_PRIVS functionality and the
related SELinux exec transitions support. (CVE-2014-3215, Important)

* A use-after-free flaw was found in the way the Linux kernel's SCTP
implementation handled authentication key reference counting during INIT
collisions. A remote attacker could use this flaw to crash the system or,
potentially, escalate their privileges on the system. (CVE-2015-1421,

* It was found that the Linux kernel's KVM implementation did not ensure
that the host CR4 control register value remained unchanged across VM
entries on the same virtual CPU. A local, unprivileged user could use this
flaw to cause a denial of service on the system. (CVE-2014-3690, Moderate)

* An out-of-bounds memory access flaw was found in the syscall tracing
functionality of the Linux kernel's perf subsystem. A local, unprivileged
user could use this flaw to crash the system. (CVE-2014-7825, Moderate)

* An out-of-bounds memory access flaw was found in the syscall tracing
functionality of the Linux kernel's ftrace subsystem. On a system with
ftrace syscall tracing enabled, a local, unprivileged user could use this
flaw to crash the system, or escalate their privileges. (CVE-2014-7826,

* It was found that the Linux kernel memory resource controller's (memcg)
handling of OOM (out of memory) conditions could lead to deadlocks.
An attacker able to continuously spawn new processes within a single
memory-constrained cgroup during an OOM event could use this flaw to lock
up the system. (CVE-2014-8171, Moderate)

* A race condition flaw was found in the way the Linux kernel keys
management subsystem performed key garbage collection. A local attacker
could attempt accessing a key while it was being garbage collected, which
would cause the system to crash. (CVE-2014-9529, Moderate)

* A stack-based buffer overflow flaw was found in the TechnoTrend/Hauppauge
DEC USB device driver. A local user with write access to the corresponding
device could use this flaw to crash the kernel or, potentially, elevate
their privileges on the system. (CVE-2014-8884, Low)

* An information leak flaw was found in the way the Linux kernel's ISO9660
file system implementation accessed data on an ISO9660 image with RockRidge
Extension Reference (ER) records. An attacker with physical access to the
system could use this flaw to disclose up to 255 bytes of kernel memory.
(CVE-2014-9584, Low)

Red Hat would like to thank Andy Lutomirski for reporting CVE-2014-3215
and CVE-2014-3690, Robert Święcki for reporting CVE-2014-7825 and
CVE-2014-7826, and Carl Henrik Lunde for reporting CVE-2014-9584. The
CVE-2015-1421 issue was discovered by Sun Baoliang of Red Hat.

This update also fixes several bugs. Documentation for these changes is
available from the Technical Notes document linked to in the References

All kernel users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which
contain backported patches to correct these issues. The system must be
rebooted for this update to take effect.
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Affected package information

Release Package Patched in
6 kernel kernel-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.i686.rpm
kernel kernel-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.src.rpm
kernel kernel-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-abi-whitelists kernel-abi-whitelists-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.noarch.rpm
kernel-debug kernel-debug-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-debug kernel-debug-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-devel kernel-debug-devel-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-devel kernel-debug-devel-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-devel kernel-devel-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-devel kernel-devel-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-doc kernel-doc-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.noarch.rpm
kernel-firmware kernel-firmware-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.noarch.rpm
kernel-headers kernel-headers-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-headers kernel-headers-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.x86_64.rpm
perf perf-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.i686.rpm
perf perf-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.x86_64.rpm
python-perf python-perf-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.i686.rpm
python-perf python-perf-2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.x86_64.rpm