Updated kernel-rt packages that fix multiple security issues and several bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise MRG 1.2. 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.
The kernel-rt packages contain the Linux kernel, the core of any Linux operating system. This update fixes the following security issues: * a deficiency was found in the fasync_helper() implementation. This could allow a local, unprivileged user to leverage a use-after-free of locked, asynchronous file descriptors to cause a denial of service or privilege escalation. (CVE-2009-4141, Important) * multiple flaws were found in the mmap and mremap implementations. A local, unprivileged user could use these flaws to cause a local denial of service or escalate their privileges. (CVE-2010-0291, Important) * a missing boundary check was found in the do_move_pages() function in the memory migration functionality. A local user could use this flaw to cause a local denial of service or an information leak. (CVE-2010-0415, Important) * a NULL pointer dereference flaw was found in the ip6_dst_lookup_tail() function. An attacker on the local network could trigger this flaw by sending IPv6 traffic to a target system, leading to a system crash (kernel OOPS) if dst->neighbour is NULL on the target system when receiving an IPv6 packet. (CVE-2010-0437, Important) * a NULL pointer dereference flaw was found in the Fast Userspace Mutexes (futexes) implementation. The unlock code path did not check if the futex value associated with pi_state->owner had been modified. A local user could use this flaw to modify the futex value, possibly leading to a denial of service or privilege escalation when the pi_state->owner pointer is dereferenced. (CVE-2010-0622, Important) * an information leak was found in the print_fatal_signal() implementation. When "/proc/sys/kernel/print-fatal-signals" is set to 1 (the default value is 0), memory that is reachable by the kernel could be leaked to user-space. This issue could also result in a system crash. Note that this flaw only affected the i386 architecture. (CVE-2010-0003, Moderate) * a flaw was found in the kernel connector implementation. A local, unprivileged user could trigger this flaw by sending an arbitrary amount of notification requests using specially-crafted netlink messages, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2010-0410, Moderate) * missing capability checks were found in the ebtables implementation, used for creating an Ethernet bridge firewall. This could allow a local, unprivileged user to bypass intended capability restrictions and modify ebtables rules. (CVE-2010-0007, Low) This update also fixes the following bugs: * references were missing for two LSI MegaRAID SAS controllers already supported by the kernel, preventing systems using these controllers from booting. (BZ#554664) * a typo in the fix for CVE-2009-2691 resulted in gdb being unable to read core files created by gcore. (BZ#554965) * values for certain pointers used by the kernel, which should be undereferencable, could potentially be abused when a kernel OOPS occurs. Values that are harder to dereference are now used. (BZ#555227) * this update redesigns the locking scheme of the TTY process group (tty->pgrp) structure, due to race conditions introduced when tty->pgrp started using struct pid instead of pid_t. (BZ#559101) * the way the NFS kernel server used iget() and the way in which it kept its cache of inode information, could have led to (mainly on busy file servers) inconsistencies between the local file system and the file system being served to clients. (BZ#561275) 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.