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               Important: kernel security and bug fix update
                              13 January 2016

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        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
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Product:           kernel
Publisher:         Red Hat
Operating System:  Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 6
Impact/Access:     Denial of Service -- Remote with User Interaction
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2015-8104 CVE-2015-5307 

Reference:         ESB-2016.0036

Original Bulletin: 
   https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2016-0024.html

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                   Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis:          Important: kernel security and bug fix update
Advisory ID:       RHSA-2016:0024-01
Product:           Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Advisory URL:      https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2016-0024.html
Issue date:        2016-01-12
CVE Names:         CVE-2015-5307 CVE-2015-8104 
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1. Summary:

Updated kernel packages that fix two security issues and several bugs are
now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 Extended 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 Compute Node Optional EUS (v. 6.6) - x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux HPC Node EUS (v. 6.6) - noarch, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server EUS (v. 6.6) - i386, noarch, ppc64, s390x, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server Optional EUS (v. 6.6) - 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.

This update also fixes the following bugs:

* When doing TSO/GSO in the presence of VLAN headers on a macvtap device,
the header offsets were incorrectly calculated. As a consequence, when 2
guests on the same host communicated over a guest configured VLAN,
performance dropped to about 1 Mbps. A set of patches has been provided to
fix this bug, and network performance with VLAN tags now works with optimal
performance. (BZ#1215914)

* Prior to this update, TSO acceleration features have been removed from
the VLAN device which caused that VLAN performance on top of a virtio
device was much lower than that of a virtio device itself. This update
re-enables TSO acceleration features, and performance of VLAN devices on
top of a virtio device has thus been restored. (BZ#1240988)

* With an IPv6 address on a bond and a slave failover, Unsolicited Neighbor
Advertisement (UNA) was previously sent using the link global IPv6 address
as source address. The underlying source code has been patched, and, after
the failover in bonding, UNA is sent using both the corresponding link IPv6
address and global IPv6 address of bond0 and bond0.vlan. (BZ#1258480)

* Previously, Human Interface Device (HID) would run a report on an
unaligned buffer, which could cause a page fault interrupt and an oops when
the end of the report was read. This update fixes this bug by padding the
end of the report with extra bytes, so the reading of the report never
crosses a page boundary. As a result, a page fault and subsequent oops no
longer occur. (BZ#1268202)

* Inside hugetlb, region data structures were protected by a combination of
a memory map semaphore and a single hugetlb instance mutex. However, a
page-fault scalability improvement backported to the kernel on previous
releases removed the single hugetlb instance mutex and introduced a new
mutex table, making the locking combination insufficient, leading to
possible race windows that could cause corruption and undefined behavior.
The problem could be seen for example with software mapping or re-mapping
hugetlb areas with concurrent threads reading/writing to same areas causing
page faults. This update fixes the problem by introducing now a required
spinlock to the region tracking functions for proper serialization. The
problem only affects software using huge pages through hugetlb interface.
(BZ#1274597)

* Previously, VLAN stacked on the macvlan or macvtap device did not work
for devices that implement and use VLAN filters. As a consequence, macvtap
passthrough mode failed to transfer VLAN packets over the be2net driver.
This update implements VLAN ndo calls to the macvlan driver to pass
appropriate VLAN tag IDs to lower devices. As a result, macvtap transfers
VLAN packets over be2net successfully. (BZ#1280205)

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 HPC Node EUS (v. 6.6):

Source:
kernel-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.src.rpm

noarch:
kernel-abi-whitelists-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.noarch.rpm
kernel-doc-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.noarch.rpm
kernel-firmware-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.noarch.rpm

x86_64:
kernel-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-i686-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-x86_64-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
perf-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
python-perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
python-perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Compute Node Optional EUS (v. 6.6):

x86_64:
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-x86_64-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
python-perf-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
python-perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server EUS (v. 6.6):

Source:
kernel-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.src.rpm

i386:
kernel-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-i686-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
perf-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
python-perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm

noarch:
kernel-abi-whitelists-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.noarch.rpm
kernel-doc-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.noarch.rpm
kernel-firmware-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.noarch.rpm

ppc64:
kernel-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
kernel-bootwrapper-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-ppc64-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
perf-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
python-perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.ppc64.rpm

s390x:
kernel-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.s390x.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.s390x.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.s390x.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.s390x.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.s390x.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-s390x-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.s390x.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.s390x.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.s390x.rpm
kernel-kdump-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.s390x.rpm
kernel-kdump-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.s390x.rpm
kernel-kdump-devel-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.s390x.rpm
perf-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.s390x.rpm
perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.s390x.rpm
python-perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.s390x.rpm

x86_64:
kernel-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-i686-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-x86_64-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
perf-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
python-perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
python-perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server Optional EUS (v. 6.6):

i386:
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-i686-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
python-perf-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm
python-perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.i686.rpm

ppc64:
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-ppc64-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
python-perf-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.ppc64.rpm
python-perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.ppc64.rpm

s390x:
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.s390x.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.s390x.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-s390x-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.s390x.rpm
kernel-kdump-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.s390x.rpm
perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.s390x.rpm
python-perf-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.s390x.rpm
python-perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.s390x.rpm

x86_64:
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-x86_64-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
python-perf-2.6.32-504.40.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
python-perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-504.40.1.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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