(RHSA-2014:1872) Important: kernel security and bug fix update

ID RHSA-2014:1872
Type redhat
Reporter RedHat
Modified 2015-04-24T14:17:08


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

  • A NULL pointer dereference flaw was found in the way the Linux kernel's Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP) implementation handled simultaneous connections between the same hosts. A remote attacker could use this flaw to crash the system. (CVE-2014-5077, Important)

This update also fixes the following bug:

  • This update fixes several race conditions between PCI error recovery callbacks and potential calls of the ifup and ifdown commands in the tg3 driver. When triggered, these race conditions could cause a kernel crash. (BZ#1142568)

All kernel users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues. The system must be rebooted for this update to take effect.