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HistoryMar 06, 2018 - 6:25 p.m.

(RHSA-2018:0399) Important: kernel security and bug fix update

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7.2 High

CVSS2

Attack Vector

LOCAL

Attack Complexity

LOW

Authentication

NONE

Confidentiality Impact

COMPLETE

Integrity Impact

COMPLETE

Availability Impact

COMPLETE

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

7.8 High

CVSS3

Attack Vector

LOCAL

Attack Complexity

LOW

Privileges Required

LOW

User Interaction

NONE

Scope

UNCHANGED

Confidentiality Impact

HIGH

Integrity Impact

HIGH

Availability Impact

HIGH

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

0.0004 Low

EPSS

Percentile

0.4%

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

Security Fix(es):

  • kernel: Use-after-free vulnerability in DCCP socket (CVE-2017-8824, Important)

For more details about the security issue(s), including the impact, a CVSS score, acknowledgments, and other related information, refer to the CVE page(s) listed in the References section.

Bug Fix(es):

  • Previously, there were cases where the ethtool kernel code called the vzalloc() function, which allocates virtually contiguous memory with zero fill, with a size of zero. Consequently, running the ethtool -d command to query hardware registers led to the following dmesg error:

    ethtool: vmalloc: allocation failure: 0 bytes, mode:0x24080c2(GFP_KERNEL|__GFP_HIGHMEM|__GFP_ZERO)

With this update, the kernel code has been fixed to avoid the invalid vzalloc call, and the dmesg error no longer occurs. (BZ#1530128)

  • Previously, if an NFSv4 mount operation encountered an NFS client structure that has not completed initialization, the trunking detection logic waited for the operation to complete. Consequently, if a concurrent NFSv4 mount operation added another item to the list of NFS client structures, this client was not able to begin initialization, because it was waiting on the mutex held by the other process, and a deadlock occurred. This update fixes NFS to wait until the NFS client structure initialization is completed before adding a new structure to the list. As a result, the deadlock no longer occurs, and the NFS client can now initialize as expected under the described circumstances. (BZ#1530134)

  • If the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) created a new set of page tables and mapped a segment of code at a low address, the operating system (OS) failed to boot. This update fixes the EFI code, and the OS now boots as expected under the described circumstances. (BZ#1535880)

  • The Return Trampoline (Retpoline) mechanism mitigates the branch target injection, also known as the Spectre variant 2 vulnerability. With this update, Retpoline has been implemented into the Red Hat Enterprise Linux kernel. (BZ#1539648)

  • This update adds a new line to the /proc/cpuinfo file to show all available facilities that are reported by the stfle instruction on IBM z systems. (BZ#1540088)

7.2 High

CVSS2

Attack Vector

LOCAL

Attack Complexity

LOW

Authentication

NONE

Confidentiality Impact

COMPLETE

Integrity Impact

COMPLETE

Availability Impact

COMPLETE

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

7.8 High

CVSS3

Attack Vector

LOCAL

Attack Complexity

LOW

Privileges Required

LOW

User Interaction

NONE

Scope

UNCHANGED

Confidentiality Impact

HIGH

Integrity Impact

HIGH

Availability Impact

HIGH

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

0.0004 Low

EPSS

Percentile

0.4%