Important CentOS kernel Security Update


kernel-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.i686.rpm, kernel-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.src.rpm, kernel-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.x86_64.rpm, kernel-abi-whitelists-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.noarch.rpm, kernel-debug-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.i686.rpm, kernel-debug-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.x86_64.rpm, kernel-debug-devel-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.i686.rpm, kernel-debug-devel-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.x86_64.rpm, kernel-devel-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.i686.rpm, kernel-devel-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.x86_64.rpm, kernel-doc-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.noarch.rpm, kernel-firmware-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.noarch.rpm, kernel-headers-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.i686.rpm, kernel-headers-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.x86_64.rpm, perf-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.i686.rpm, perf-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.x86_64.rpm, python-perf-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.i686.rpm, python-perf-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.x86_64.rpm,
2018-01-18 11:10
2017-07-27 19:09
2017-04-01 19:09
2017-01-05 20:13


Updated kernel packages that fix two 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.

[Updated 3 September 2015]
This advisory has been updated to push packages into the Red Hat Enterprise
Linux 6 Client channels. The packages included in this revised update have
not been changed in any way from the packages included in the original

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

Two flaws were found in the way the Linux kernel's networking
implementation handled UDP packets with incorrect checksum values. A remote
attacker could potentially use these flaws to trigger an infinite loop in
the kernel, resulting in a denial of service on the system, or cause a
denial of service in applications using the edge triggered epoll
functionality. (CVE-2015-5364, CVE-2015-5366, Important)

This update also fixes the following bugs:

* When removing a directory, and a reference was held to that directory by
a reference to a negative child dentry, the directory dentry was previously
not killed. In addition, once the negative child dentry was killed, an
unlinked and unused dentry was present in the cache. As a consequence,
deadlock could be caused by forcing the dentry eviction while the file
system in question was frozen. With this update, all unused dentries are
unhashed and evicted just after a successful directory removal, which
avoids the deadlock, and the system no longer hangs in the aforementioned
scenario. (BZ#1243400)

* Due to the broken s_umount lock ordering, a race condition occurred when
an unlinked file was closed and the sync (or syncfs) utility was run at the
same time. As a consequence, deadlock occurred on a frozen file system
between sync and a process trying to unfreeze the file system. With this
update, sync (or syncfs) is skipped on a frozen file system, and deadlock
no longer occurs in the aforementioned situation. (BZ#1243404)

* Previously, in the scenario when a file was opened by file handle
(fhandle) with its dentry not present in dcache ("cold dcache") and then
making use of the unlink() and close() functions, the inode was not freed
upon the close() system call. As a consequence, the iput() final was
delayed indefinitely. A patch has been provided to fix this bug, and the
inode is now freed as expected. (BZ#1243406)

* Due to a corrupted Executable and Linkable Format (ELF) header in the
/proc/vmcore file, the kdump utility failed to provide any information.
The underlying source code has been patched, and kdump now provides
debuging information for kernel crashes as intended. (BZ#1245195)

* Previously, running the multipath request queue caused regressions in
cases where paths failed regularly under I/O load. This regression
manifested as I/O stalls that exceeded 300 seconds. This update reverts the
changes aimed to reduce running the multipath request queue resulting in
I/O completing in a timely manner. (BZ#1246095)

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-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel kernel-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.src.rpm
kernel kernel-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-abi-whitelists kernel-abi-whitelists-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.noarch.rpm
kernel-debug kernel-debug-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-debug kernel-debug-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-devel kernel-debug-devel-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-devel kernel-debug-devel-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-devel kernel-devel-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-devel kernel-devel-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-doc kernel-doc-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.noarch.rpm
kernel-firmware kernel-firmware-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.noarch.rpm
kernel-headers kernel-headers-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-headers kernel-headers-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
perf perf-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.i686.rpm
perf perf-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
python-perf python-perf-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.i686.rpm
python-perf python-perf-2.6.32-573.3.1.el6.x86_64.rpm