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HistoryOct 26, 2009 - 2:31 p.m.

kernel security update

2009-10-2614:31:26
CentOS Project
lists.centos.org
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4.9 Medium

CVSS2

Access Vector

LOCAL

Access Complexity

LOW

Authentication

NONE

Confidentiality Impact

COMPLETE

Integrity Impact

NONE

Availability Impact

NONE

AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:N/A:N

0.0004 Low

EPSS

Percentile

8.1%

CentOS Errata and Security Advisory CESA-2009:1522

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

This update fixes the following security issues:

  • multiple, missing initialization flaws were found in the Linux kernel.
    Padding data in several core network structures was not initialized
    properly before being sent to user-space. These flaws could lead to
    information leaks. (CVE-2005-4881, CVE-2009-3228, Moderate)

This update also fixes the following bugs:

  • a packet duplication issue was fixed via the RHSA-2008:0665 update;
    however, the fix introduced a problem for systems using network bonding:
    Backup slaves were unable to receive ARP packets. When using network
    bonding in the “active-backup” mode and with the “arp_validate=3” option,
    the bonding driver considered such backup slaves as being down (since they
    were not receiving ARP packets), preventing successful failover to these
    devices. (BZ#519384)

  • due to insufficient memory barriers in the network code, a process
    sleeping in select() may have missed notifications about new data. In rare
    cases, this bug may have caused a process to sleep forever. (BZ#519386)

  • the driver version number in the ata_piix driver was not changed between
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.7 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.8, even though
    changes had been made between these releases. This could have prevented the
    driver from loading on systems that check driver versions, as this driver
    appeared older than it was. (BZ#519389)

  • a bug in nlm_lookup_host() could have led to un-reclaimed locks on file
    systems, resulting in the umount command failing. This bug could have also
    prevented NFS services from being relocated correctly in clustered
    environments. (BZ#519656)

  • the data buffer ethtool_get_strings() allocated, for the igb driver, was
    smaller than the amount of data that was copied in igb_get_strings(),
    because of a miscalculation in IGB_QUEUE_STATS_LEN, resulting in memory
    corruption. This bug could have led to a kernel panic. (BZ#522738)

  • in some situations, write operations to a TTY device were blocked even
    when the O_NONBLOCK flag was used. A reported case of this issue occurred
    when a single TTY device was opened by two users (one using blocking mode,
    and the other using non-blocking mode). (BZ#523930)

  • a deadlock was found in the cciss driver. In rare cases, this caused an
    NMI lockup during boot. Messages such as “cciss: controller cciss[x]
    failed, stopping.” and “cciss[x]: controller not responding.” may have
    been displayed on the console. (BZ#525725)

  • on 64-bit PowerPC systems, a rollover bug in the ibmveth driver could
    have caused a kernel panic. In a reported case, this panic occurred on a
    system with a large uptime and under heavy network load. (BZ#527225)

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:
https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2009-October/078358.html
https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2009-October/078359.html

Affected packages:
kernel
kernel-devel
kernel-doc
kernel-hugemem
kernel-hugemem-devel
kernel-largesmp
kernel-largesmp-devel
kernel-smp
kernel-smp-devel
kernel-xenU
kernel-xenU-devel

Upstream details at:
https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2009:1522

Use Vulners API to create your own security tool

API usage cases
  • Network scanning
  • Linux Patch management
  • Threat protection
  • No network audit solution

Ways of integration

Integrate Vulners API

4.9 Medium

CVSS2

Access Vector

LOCAL

Access Complexity

LOW

Authentication

NONE

Confidentiality Impact

COMPLETE

Integrity Impact

NONE

Availability Impact

NONE

AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:N/A:N

0.0004 Low

EPSS

Percentile

8.1%

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