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Red Hat Security Advisory 2012-0721-01

Red Hat Security Advisory 2012-0721-01
Posted Jun 12, 2012
Authored by Red Hat | Site access.redhat.com

Red Hat Security Advisory 2012-0721-01 - The kernel packages contain the Linux kernel, the core of any Linux operating system. It was found that the Xen hypervisor implementation as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 did not properly restrict the syscall return addresses in the sysret return path to canonical addresses. An unprivileged user in a 64-bit para-virtualized guest, that is running on a 64-bit host that has an Intel CPU, could use this flaw to crash the host or, potentially, escalate their privileges, allowing them to execute arbitrary code at the hypervisor level.

tags | advisory, arbitrary, kernel
systems | linux, redhat
advisories | CVE-2012-0217, CVE-2012-2934
SHA-256 | a5b7f699084429bb0df03f79e3c77c3fe4d64db427a8e5ac1c2e51801bd8f6fe

Red Hat Security Advisory 2012-0721-01

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Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis: Important: kernel security update
Advisory ID: RHSA-2012:0721-01
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Advisory URL: https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2012-0721.html
Issue date: 2012-06-12
CVE Names: CVE-2012-0217 CVE-2012-2934
=====================================================================

1. Summary:

Updated kernel packages that fix two security issues are now available for
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having
important security impact. Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base
scores, which give detailed severity ratings, are available for each
vulnerability from the CVE links in the References section.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server) - i386, ia64, noarch, ppc, s390x, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 client) - i386, noarch, x86_64

3. Description:

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

This update fixes the following security issues:

* It was found that the Xen hypervisor implementation as shipped with Red
Hat Enterprise Linux 5 did not properly restrict the syscall return
addresses in the sysret return path to canonical addresses. An unprivileged
user in a 64-bit para-virtualized guest, that is running on a 64-bit host
that has an Intel CPU, could use this flaw to crash the host or,
potentially, escalate their privileges, allowing them to execute arbitrary
code at the hypervisor level. (CVE-2012-0217, Important)

* It was found that guests could trigger a bug in earlier AMD CPUs, leading
to a CPU hard lockup, when running on the Xen hypervisor implementation. An
unprivileged user in a 64-bit para-virtualized guest could use this flaw to
crash the host. Warning: After installing this update, hosts that are using
an affected AMD CPU (refer to Red Hat Bugzilla bug #824966 for a list) will
fail to boot. In order to boot such hosts, the new kernel parameter,
allow_unsafe, can be used ("allow_unsafe=on"). This option should only be
used with hosts that are running trusted guests, as setting it to "on"
reintroduces the flaw (allowing guests to crash the host). (CVE-2012-2934,
Moderate)

Note: For Red Hat Enterprise Linux guests, only privileged guest users can
exploit the CVE-2012-0217 and CVE-2012-2934 issues.

Red Hat would like to thank the Xen project for reporting these issues.
Upstream acknowledges Rafal Wojtczuk as the original reporter of
CVE-2012-0217.

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.

4. Solution:

Before applying this update, make sure all previously-released errata
relevant to your system have been applied.

This update is available via the Red Hat Network. Details on how to
use the Red Hat Network to apply this update are available at
https://access.redhat.com/knowledge/articles/11258

To install kernel packages manually, use "rpm -ivh [package]". Do not
use "rpm -Uvh" as that will remove the running kernel binaries from
your system. You may use "rpm -e" to remove old kernels after
determining that the new kernel functions properly on your system.

5. Bugs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/):

813428 - CVE-2012-0217 kernel: x86-64: avoid sysret to non-canonical address
824966 - CVE-2012-2934 kernel: denial of service due to AMD Erratum #121

6. Package List:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 client):

Source:
ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Client/en/os/SRPMS/kernel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.src.rpm

i386:
kernel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-PAE-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-PAE-debuginfo-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-PAE-devel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i386.rpm
kernel-xen-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-xen-debuginfo-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-xen-devel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i686.rpm

noarch:
kernel-doc-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.noarch.rpm

x86_64:
kernel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-xen-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-xen-debuginfo-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-xen-devel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.x86_64.rpm

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server):

Source:
ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Server/en/os/SRPMS/kernel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.src.rpm

i386:
kernel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-PAE-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-PAE-debuginfo-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-PAE-devel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i386.rpm
kernel-xen-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-xen-debuginfo-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i686.rpm
kernel-xen-devel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.i686.rpm

ia64:
kernel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-xen-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-xen-debuginfo-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.ia64.rpm
kernel-xen-devel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.ia64.rpm

noarch:
kernel-doc-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.noarch.rpm

ppc:
kernel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.ppc.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-kdump-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-kdump-debuginfo-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.ppc64.rpm
kernel-kdump-devel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.ppc64.rpm

s390x:
kernel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-kdump-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-kdump-debuginfo-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.s390x.rpm
kernel-kdump-devel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.s390x.rpm

x86_64:
kernel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-xen-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-xen-debuginfo-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.x86_64.rpm
kernel-xen-devel-2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.x86_64.rpm

These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat for security. Our key and
details on how to verify the signature are available from
https://access.redhat.com/security/team/key/#package

7. References:

https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2012-0217.html
https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2012-2934.html
https://access.redhat.com/security/updates/classification/#important
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=824966

8. Contact:

The Red Hat security contact is <secalert@redhat.com>. More contact
details at https://access.redhat.com/security/team/contact/

Copyright 2012 Red Hat, Inc.
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