(RHSA-2016:1633) Important: kernel security and bug fix update

ID RHSA-2016:1633
Type redhat
Reporter RedHat
Modified 2018-04-12T03:32:54


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

It was found that the RFC 5961 challenge ACK rate limiting as implemented in the Linux kernel's networking subsystem allowed an off-path attacker to leak certain information about a given connection by creating congestion on the global challenge ACK rate limit counter and then measuring the changes by probing packets. An off-path attacker could use this flaw to either terminate TCP connection and/or inject payload into non-secured TCP connection between two endpoints on the network. (CVE-2016-5696, Important)

Red Hat would like to thank Yue Cao from Cyber Security Group in the CS department of University of California, Riverside, for reporting this issue.