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RHSA-2009:1157: kernel-rt security and bug fix update

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RHSA-2009:1157: kernel-rt security and bug fix update



Updated kernel-rt packages that fix several security issues and various bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise MRG 1.1. This update has been rated as having important security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

The kernel-rt packages contain the Linux kernel, the core of any Linux operating system. Security fixes: * a flaw was found in the Intel PRO/1000 network driver in the Linux kernel. Frames with sizes near the MTU of an interface may be split across multiple hardware receive descriptors. Receipt of such a frame could leak through a validation check, leading to a corruption of the length check. A remote attacker could use this flaw to send a specially-crafted packet that would cause a denial of service or code execution. (CVE-2009-1385, Important) * Michael Tokarev reported a flaw in the Realtek r8169 Ethernet driver in the Linux kernel. This driver allowed interfaces using this driver to receive frames larger than what could be handled. This could lead to a remote denial of service or code execution. (CVE-2009-1389, Important) * several flaws were found in the way the Linux kernel CIFS implementation handles Unicode strings. CIFS clients convert Unicode strings sent by a server to their local character sets, and then write those strings into memory. If a malicious server sent a long enough string, it could write past the end of the target memory region and corrupt other memory areas, possibly leading to a denial of service or privilege escalation on the client mounting the CIFS share. (CVE-2009-1633, Important) * Frank Filz reported the NFSv4 client was missing a file permission check for the execute bit in some situations. This could allow local, unprivileged users to run non-executable files on NFSv4 mounted file systems. (CVE-2009-1630, Moderate) * a deadlock flaw was found in the Linux kernel splice implementation. This deadlock could occur during interactions between the generic_file_splice_write() and splice_from_pipe() functions, possibly leading to a partial denial of service on the file system partition where the deadlock occurs. (CVE-2009-1961, Moderate) Bug fixes: * a stack buffer used by get_event_name() was not large enough to accommodate the nul terminator that sprintf() writes. In some cases, this could lead to an invalid pointer or a kernel panic. With this update, the function is modified to allow space for the nul terminator. (BZ#503902) * free_bootmem() was hard-coded to use node 0. This could have caused a kernel panic during boot on a NUMA system that happens to boot on a node other than node 0. With this update, free_bootmem() acts on the current node, resolving this issue. (BZ#503048) * CPU flag mishandling caused TSC clocksource synchronization to fail (TSC was marked unstable) on the Intel microarchitecture (Nehalem). In addition, TSC clocksource checks added to the 64-bit kernel code are now present for i386 systems. Also, "/proc/cpuinfo" now shows TSC-related flags. (BZ#50289, BZ#508756) * barriers are used to make sure delayed work requested from threads is processed before continuing. run_workqueue(), however, exited before processing all barriers, causing threads to wait forever. In a reported case, this bug caused missing path issues for Device Mapper Multipathing. (BZ#504133) * calling pipe() with an invalid address caused a file descriptor leak. (BZ#509629) * the code to add "/dev/rtc" contained a printk statement without a log level prefix. (BZ#510099) * an extra check has been added to the realtime kernel to avoid a rare corruption of the FPU (Floating Point Unit) stack, which could occur if a task using FPU registers was preempted by an interruption. (BZ#509359) * fix a boot-up problem on HP ProLiant SL2x170z G6 and similar systems by adding Intel ICH10 controllers back to the ata_piix driver. (BZ#508783) * converts a UID comparison in AGP to a more secure capability check. By default, "/dev/agpgart" is accessible only to the root user. (BZ#505493) Users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues. The system must be rebooted for this update to take effect.


  • redhat-upgrade-kernel-rt
  • redhat-upgrade-kernel-rt-debug
  • redhat-upgrade-kernel-rt-debug-devel
  • redhat-upgrade-kernel-rt-devel
  • redhat-upgrade-kernel-rt-doc
  • redhat-upgrade-kernel-rt-trace
  • redhat-upgrade-kernel-rt-trace-devel
  • redhat-upgrade-kernel-rt-vanilla
  • redhat-upgrade-kernel-rt-vanilla-devel

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