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Red Hat Security Advisory
Synopsis: Important: kernel security and bug fix update
Advisory ID: RHSA-2012:0720-01
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Advisory URL: https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2012-0720.html
Issue date: 2012-06-12
CVE Names: CVE-2012-0217 CVE-2012-1583
Updated kernel packages that fix two security issues and multiple bugs are
now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.6 Extended Update Support.
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 EUS (v. 5.6 server) - i386, ia64, noarch, ppc, s390x, x86_64
The kernel packages contain the Linux kernel, the core of any Linux
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)
Note: For Red Hat Enterprise Linux guests, only privileged guest users can
* A flaw in the xfrm6_tunnel_rcv() function in the Linux kernel's IPv6
implementation could lead to a use-after-free or double free flaw in
tunnel6_rcv(). A remote attacker could use this flaw to send
specially-crafted packets to a target system that is using IPv6 and also
has the xfrm6_tunnel kernel module loaded, causing it to crash.
If you do not run applications that use xfrm6_tunnel, you can prevent the
xfrm6_tunnel module from being loaded by creating (as the root user) a
"/etc/modprobe.d/xfrm6_tunnel.conf" file, and adding the following line to
This way, the xfrm6_tunnel module cannot be loaded accidentally. A reboot
is not necessary for this change to take effect.
Red Hat would like to thank the Xen project for reporting CVE-2012-0217.
Upstream acknowledges Rafal Wojtczuk as the original reporter of
This update also fixes the following bugs:
* Under rare circumstances, a bug in the vsyscall interface caused the gdb
debugger to terminate unexpectedly with a segmentation fault when run on
the AMD64 or Intel 64 architecture. A patch has been provided to address
this issue and the crashes no longer occur in the described scenario.
* Incorrect duplicate MAC addresses were being used on a rack network
daughter card that contained a quad-port Intel I350 Gigabit Ethernet
Controller. With this update, the underlying source code has been modified
to address this issue, and correct MAC addresses are now used under all
* When the Fibre Channel (FC) layer sets a device to "running", the layer
also scans for other new devices. Previously, there was a race condition
between these two operations. Consequently, for certain targets, thousands
of invalid devices were created by the SCSI layer and the udev service.
This update ensures that the FC layer always sets a device to "online"
before scanning for others, thus fixing this bug.
Additionally, when attempting to transition priority groups on a busy FC
device, the multipath layer retried immediately. If this was the only
available path, a large number of retry operations were performed in a
short period of time. Consequently, the logging of retry messages slowed
down the system. This bug has been fixed by ensuring that the DM Multipath
feature delays retry operations in the described scenario. (BZ#816683)
* Due to incorrect use of the list_for_each_entry_safe() macro, the
enumeration of remote procedure calls (RPCs) priority wait queue tasks
stored in the tk_wait.links list failed. As a consequence, the
rpc_wake_up() and rpc_wake_up_status() functions failed to wake up all
tasks. This caused the system to become unresponsive and could
significantly decrease system performance. Now, the
list_for_each_entry_safe() macro is no longer used in rpc_wake_up(),
ensuring reasonable system performance. (BZ#817570)
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.
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
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/):
752304 - CVE-2012-1583 kernel: ipv6: panic using raw sockets
813428 - CVE-2012-0217 kernel: x86-64: avoid sysret to non-canonical address
817570 - Fix RPC priority queue wake up all tasks processing [rhel-5.6.z]
6. Package List:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux EUS (v. 5.6 server):
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Copyright 2012 Red Hat, Inc.
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