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kernel security update

2009-11-0400:55:32
CentOS Project
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CVSS2

7.8

Attack Vector

NETWORK

Attack Complexity

LOW

Authentication

NONE

Confidentiality Impact

NONE

Integrity Impact

NONE

Availability Impact

COMPLETE

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

CVSS3

7

Attack Vector

LOCAL

Attack Complexity

HIGH

Privileges Required

LOW

User Interaction

NONE

Scope

UNCHANGED

Confidentiality Impact

HIGH

Integrity Impact

HIGH

Availability Impact

HIGH

CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:H/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

EPSS

0.102

Percentile

95.0%

CentOS Errata and Security Advisory CESA-2009:1550

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

Security fixes:

  • when fput() was called to close a socket, the __scm_destroy() function in
    the Linux kernel could make indirect recursive calls to itself. This could,
    potentially, lead to a denial of service issue. (CVE-2008-5029, Important)

  • the sendmsg() function in the Linux kernel did not block during UNIX
    socket garbage collection. This could, potentially, lead to a local denial
    of service. (CVE-2008-5300, Important)

  • the exit_notify() function in the Linux kernel did not properly reset the
    exit signal if a process executed a set user ID (setuid) application before
    exiting. This could allow a local, unprivileged user to elevate their
    privileges. (CVE-2009-1337, Important)

  • 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)

  • the ADDR_COMPAT_LAYOUT and MMAP_PAGE_ZERO flags were not cleared when a
    setuid or setgid program was executed. A local, unprivileged user could use
    this flaw to bypass the mmap_min_addr protection mechanism and perform a
    NULL pointer dereference attack, or bypass the Address Space Layout
    Randomization (ASLR) security feature. (CVE-2009-1895, Important)

  • it was discovered that, when executing a new process, the clear_child_tid
    pointer in the Linux kernel is not cleared. If this pointer points to a
    writable portion of the memory of the new program, the kernel could corrupt
    four bytes of memory, possibly leading to a local denial of service or
    privilege escalation. (CVE-2009-2848, Important)

  • missing initialization flaws were found in getname() implementations in
    the IrDA sockets, AppleTalk DDP protocol, NET/ROM protocol, and ROSE
    protocol implementations in the Linux kernel. Certain data structures in
    these getname() implementations were not initialized properly before being
    copied to user-space. These flaws could lead to an information leak.
    (CVE-2009-3002, Important)

  • a NULL pointer dereference flaw was found in each of the following
    functions in the Linux kernel: pipe_read_open(), pipe_write_open(), and
    pipe_rdwr_open(). When the mutex lock is not held, the i_pipe pointer could
    be released by other processes before it is used to update the pipe’s
    reader and writer counters. This could lead to a local denial of service or
    privilege escalation. (CVE-2009-3547, Important)

Bug fixes:

  • this update adds the mmap_min_addr tunable and restriction checks to help
    prevent unprivileged users from creating new memory mappings below the
    minimum address. This can help prevent the exploitation of NULL pointer
    dereference bugs. Note that mmap_min_addr is set to zero (disabled) by
    default for backwards compatibility. (BZ#512642)

  • a bridge reference count problem in IPv6 has been fixed. (BZ#457010)

  • enforce null-termination of user-supplied arguments to setsockopt().
    (BZ#505514)

  • the gcc flag “-fno-delete-null-pointer-checks” was added to the kernel
    build options. This prevents gcc from optimizing out NULL pointer checks
    after the first use of a pointer. NULL pointer bugs are often exploited by
    attackers. Keeping these checks is a safety measure. (BZ#511185)

  • a check has been added to the IPv4 code to make sure that rt is not NULL,
    to help prevent future bugs in functions that call ip_append_data() from
    being exploitable. (BZ#520300)

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-November/078462.html
https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2009-November/078463.html

Affected packages:
kernel
kernel-BOOT
kernel-doc
kernel-hugemem
kernel-hugemem-unsupported
kernel-smp
kernel-smp-unsupported
kernel-source
kernel-unsupported

Upstream details at:
https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2009:1550

CVSS2

7.8

Attack Vector

NETWORK

Attack Complexity

LOW

Authentication

NONE

Confidentiality Impact

NONE

Integrity Impact

NONE

Availability Impact

COMPLETE

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

CVSS3

7

Attack Vector

LOCAL

Attack Complexity

HIGH

Privileges Required

LOW

User Interaction

NONE

Scope

UNCHANGED

Confidentiality Impact

HIGH

Integrity Impact

HIGH

Availability Impact

HIGH

CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:H/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

EPSS

0.102

Percentile

95.0%