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Red Hat Security Advisory 2014-1943-01

Red Hat Security Advisory 2014-1943-01
Posted Dec 3, 2014
Authored by Red Hat | Site access.redhat.com

Red Hat Security Advisory 2014-1943-01 - The kernel-rt packages contain the Linux kernel, the core of any Linux operating system. A denial of service flaw was found in the way the Linux kernel's XFS file system implementation ordered directory hashes under certain conditions. A local attacker could use this flaw to corrupt the file system by creating directories with colliding hash values, potentially resulting in a system crash. An out-of-bounds memory access flaw was found in the syscall tracing functionality of the Linux kernel's perf subsystem. A local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to crash the system.

tags | advisory, denial of service, kernel, local
systems | linux, redhat
advisories | CVE-2014-7283, CVE-2014-7825, CVE-2014-7826
SHA-256 | cc3e05257532fc79a02085cdd50c6e4645efeb4e848a6378e35a998e47c4af51

Red Hat Security Advisory 2014-1943-01

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Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis: Moderate: kernel-rt security, bug fix, and enhancement update
Advisory ID: RHSA-2014:1943-01
Product: Red Hat Enterprise MRG for RHEL-6
Advisory URL: https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2014-1943.html
Issue date: 2014-12-02
CVE Names: CVE-2014-7283 CVE-2014-7825 CVE-2014-7826
=====================================================================

1. Summary:

Updated kernel-rt packages that fix three security issues, several bugs,
and add various enhancements are now available for Red Hat Enterprise MRG
2.5.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Moderate 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:

MRG Realtime for RHEL 6 Server v.2 - noarch, x86_64

3. Description:

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

A denial of service flaw was found in the way the Linux kernel's XFS file
system implementation ordered directory hashes under certain conditions.
A local attacker could use this flaw to corrupt the file system by creating
directories with colliding hash values, potentially resulting in a system
crash. (CVE-2014-7283, Moderate)

An out-of-bounds memory access flaw was found in the syscall tracing
functionality of the Linux kernel's perf subsystem. A local, unprivileged
user could use this flaw to crash the system. (CVE-2014-7825, Moderate)

An out-of-bounds memory access flaw was found in the syscall tracing
functionality of the Linux kernel's ftrace subsystem. On a system with
ftrace syscall tracing enabled, a local, unprivileged user could use this
flaw to crash the system, or escalate their privileges. (CVE-2014-7826,
Moderate)

Red Hat would like to thank Robert Święcki for reporting CVE-2014-7825 and
CVE-2014-7826.

The kernel-rt packages have been upgraded to upstream version 3.10.58,
which provides a number of bug fixes and enhancements over the previous
version. (BZ#1158105)

This update also fixes the following bugs:

* Automatic NUMA balancing on a low priority thread could cause memory
contention with a high priority thread running in the same process.
This contention could trigger poor realtime performance on the system.
In order to avoid this potential memory contention, the MRG Realtime kernel
now disables NUMA_BALANCING_DEFAULT_ENABLED. (BZ#1158940)

* When tracing a bug, WARN*() functions could flood the ring buffer making
the trace useless or even overflowing the ring buffer. To address this
issue, a traceoff_on_warning option was added to the kernel command line
and as a sysctl option. This option disables the writing of the warning
messages to the ring buffer, which results in a cleaner trace for
debugging. (BZ#1155200)

In addition, this update adds the following enhancement:

* Support for XHCI (USB 3) is now enabled in the MRG Realtime kernel.
(BZ#1134095)

All kernel-rt users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which
contain correct these issues and add these enhancements. 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/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 (https://bugzilla.redhat.com/):

1134095 - Enable XHCI (USB 3.0) for MRG
1148777 - CVE-2014-7283 kernel: xfs: directory hash ordering denial of service
1158105 - rebase to latest upstream stable 3.10 kernel
1161565 - CVE-2014-7825 CVE-2014-7826 kernel: insufficient syscall number validation in perf and ftrace subsystems

6. Package List:

MRG Realtime for RHEL 6 Server v.2:

Source:
kernel-rt-3.10.58-rt62.58.el6rt.src.rpm

noarch:
kernel-rt-doc-3.10.58-rt62.58.el6rt.noarch.rpm
kernel-rt-firmware-3.10.58-rt62.58.el6rt.noarch.rpm

x86_64:
kernel-rt-3.10.58-rt62.58.el6rt.x86_64.rpm
kernel-rt-debug-3.10.58-rt62.58.el6rt.x86_64.rpm
kernel-rt-debug-debuginfo-3.10.58-rt62.58.el6rt.x86_64.rpm
kernel-rt-debug-devel-3.10.58-rt62.58.el6rt.x86_64.rpm
kernel-rt-debuginfo-3.10.58-rt62.58.el6rt.x86_64.rpm
kernel-rt-debuginfo-common-x86_64-3.10.58-rt62.58.el6rt.x86_64.rpm
kernel-rt-devel-3.10.58-rt62.58.el6rt.x86_64.rpm
kernel-rt-trace-3.10.58-rt62.58.el6rt.x86_64.rpm
kernel-rt-trace-debuginfo-3.10.58-rt62.58.el6rt.x86_64.rpm
kernel-rt-trace-devel-3.10.58-rt62.58.el6rt.x86_64.rpm
kernel-rt-vanilla-3.10.58-rt62.58.el6rt.x86_64.rpm
kernel-rt-vanilla-debuginfo-3.10.58-rt62.58.el6rt.x86_64.rpm
kernel-rt-vanilla-devel-3.10.58-rt62.58.el6rt.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/

7. References:

https://access.redhat.com/security/cve/CVE-2014-7283
https://access.redhat.com/security/cve/CVE-2014-7825
https://access.redhat.com/security/cve/CVE-2014-7826
https://access.redhat.com/security/updates/classification/#moderate

8. Contact:

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

Copyright 2014 Red Hat, Inc.
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