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HistoryJun 19, 2009 - 9:44 a.m.

kernel security update

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CentOS Errata and Security Advisory CESA-2009:1106

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

Security fixes:

  • 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-2009-1439, CVE-2009-1633, Important)

  • the Linux kernel Network File System daemon (nfsd) implementation did not
    drop the CAP_MKNOD capability when handling requests from local,
    unprivileged users. This flaw could possibly lead to an information leak or
    privilege escalation. (CVE-2009-1072, Moderate)

  • 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 missing check was found in the hypervisor_callback() function in the
    Linux kernel provided by the kernel-xen package. This could cause a denial
    of service of a 32-bit guest if an application running in that guest
    accesses a certain memory location in the kernel. (CVE-2009-1758, Moderate)

  • a flaw was found in the AGPGART driver. The agp_generic_alloc_page() and
    agp_generic_alloc_pages() functions did not zero out the memory pages they
    allocate, which may later be available to user-space processes. This flaw
    could possibly lead to an information leak. (CVE-2009-1192, Low)

Bug fixes:

  • a race in the NFS client between destroying cached access rights and
    unmounting an NFS file system could have caused a system crash. “Busy
    inodes” messages may have been logged. (BZ#498653)

  • nanosleep() could sleep several milliseconds less than the specified time
    on Intel Itanium®-based systems. (BZ#500349)

  • LEDs for disk drives in AHCI mode may have displayed a fault state when
    there were no faults. (BZ#500120)

  • ptrace_do_wait() reported tasks were stopped each time the process doing
    the trace called wait(), instead of reporting it once. (BZ#486945)

  • epoll_wait() may have caused a system lockup and problems for
    applications. (BZ#497322)

  • missing capabilities could possibly allow users with an fsuid other than
    0 to perform actions on some file system types that would otherwise be
    prevented. (BZ#497271)

  • on NFS mounted file systems, heavy write loads may have blocked
    nfs_getattr() for long periods, causing commands that use stat(2), such as
    ls, to hang. (BZ#486926)

  • in rare circumstances, if an application performed multiple O_DIRECT
    reads per virtual memory page and also performed fork(2), the buffer
    storing the result of the I/O may have ended up with invalid data.

  • when using GFS2, gfs2_quotad may have entered an uninterpretable sleep
    state. (BZ#501742)

  • with this update, get_random_int() is more random and no longer uses a
    common seed value, reducing the possibility of predicting the values
    returned. (BZ#499783)

  • the “-fwrapv” flag was added to the gcc build options to prevent gcc from
    optimizing away wrapping. (BZ#501751)

  • a kernel panic when enabling and disabling iSCSI paths. (BZ#502916)

  • using the Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5704 network device with the tg3 driver
    caused high system load and very bad performance. (BZ#502837)

  • “/proc/[pid]/maps” and “/proc/[pid]/smaps” can only be read by processes
    able to use the ptrace() call on a given process; however, certain
    information from “/proc/[pid]/stat” and “/proc/[pid]/wchan” could be used
    to reconstruct memory maps. (BZ#499546)

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.

Merged security bulletin from advisories:

Affected packages:

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