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Red Hat Security Advisory 2016-0004-01

Red Hat Security Advisory 2016-0004-01
Posted Jan 7, 2016
Authored by Red Hat | Site access.redhat.com

Red Hat Security Advisory 2016-0004-01 - The kernel packages contain the Linux kernel, the core of any Linux operating system. It was found that the x86 ISA is prone to a denial of service attack inside a virtualized environment in the form of an infinite loop in the microcode due to the way delivering of benign exceptions such as #AC and #DB is handled. A privileged user inside a guest could use these flaws to create denial of service conditions on the host kernel.

tags | advisory, denial of service, x86, kernel
systems | linux, redhat
advisories | CVE-2015-5307, CVE-2015-8104
SHA-256 | 7b6c1de75da65d611115bc77583ed4b8a46c10ea69c41a966860776907c7ffa6

Red Hat Security Advisory 2016-0004-01

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Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis: Important: kernel security update
Advisory ID: RHSA-2016:0004-01
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Advisory URL: https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2016-0004.html
Issue date: 2016-01-07
CVE Names: CVE-2015-5307 CVE-2015-8104
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1. Summary:

Updated kernel packages that fix two security issues are now available for
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 Advanced Update Support.

Red Hat Product Security 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 Server AUS (v. 6.4) - i386, noarch, ppc64, s390x, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server Optional AUS (v. 6.4) - i386, ppc64, s390x, x86_64

3. Description:

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

* It was found that the x86 ISA (Instruction Set Architecture) is prone to
a denial of service attack inside a virtualized environment in the form of
an infinite loop in the microcode due to the way (sequential) delivering of
benign exceptions such as #AC (alignment check exception) and #DB (debug
exception) is handled. A privileged user inside a guest could use these
flaws to create denial of service conditions on the host kernel.
(CVE-2015-5307, CVE-2015-8104, Important)

Red Hat would like to thank Ben Serebrin of Google Inc. for reporting the
CVE-2015-5307 issue.

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.

4. Solution:

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

For details on how to apply this update, refer to:

https://access.redhat.com/articles/11258

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

1277172 - CVE-2015-5307 virt: guest to host DoS by triggering an infinite loop in microcode via #AC exception
1278496 - CVE-2015-8104 virt: guest to host DoS by triggering an infinite loop in microcode via #DB exception

6. Package List:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server AUS (v. 6.4):

Source:
kernel-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.src.rpm

i386:
kernel-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-i686-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.i686.rpm
perf-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.i686.rpm
perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.i686.rpm
python-perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.i686.rpm

noarch:
kernel-doc-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.noarch.rpm
kernel-firmware-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.noarch.rpm

ppc64:
kernel-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
kernel-bootwrapper-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-ppc64-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
perf-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
python-perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.ppc64.rpm

s390x:
kernel-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.s390x.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.s390x.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.s390x.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.s390x.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.s390x.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-s390x-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.s390x.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.s390x.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.s390x.rpm
kernel-kdump-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.s390x.rpm
kernel-kdump-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.s390x.rpm
kernel-kdump-devel-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.s390x.rpm
perf-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.s390x.rpm
perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.s390x.rpm
python-perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.s390x.rpm

x86_64:
kernel-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-x86_64-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
perf-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
python-perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.x86_64.rpm

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server Optional AUS (v. 6.4):

Source:
kernel-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.src.rpm

i386:
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-i686-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.i686.rpm
perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.i686.rpm
python-perf-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.i686.rpm
python-perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.i686.rpm

ppc64:
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-ppc64-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
python-perf-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
python-perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.ppc64.rpm

s390x:
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.s390x.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.s390x.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-s390x-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.s390x.rpm
kernel-kdump-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.s390x.rpm
perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.s390x.rpm
python-perf-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.s390x.rpm
python-perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.s390x.rpm

x86_64:
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-x86_64-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
python-perf-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
python-perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-358.69.1.el6.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-2015-5307
https://access.redhat.com/security/cve/CVE-2015-8104
https://access.redhat.com/security/updates/classification/#important

8. Contact:

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

Copyright 2016 Red Hat, Inc.
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