Updated libcgroup packages that fix two security issues are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.
The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having important security impact. Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available for each vulnerability from the CVE link(s) associated with each description below.
The libcgroup packages provide tools and libraries to control and monitor control groups.
A heap-based buffer overflow flaw was found in the way libcgroup converted a list of user-provided controllers for a particular task into an array of strings. A local attacker could use this flaw to escalate their privileges via a specially-crafted list of controllers.
It was discovered that libcgroup did not properly check the origin of Netlink messages. A local attacker could use this flaw to send crafted Netlink messages to the cgrulesengd daemon, causing it to put processes into one or more existing control groups, based on the attacker's choosing, possibly allowing the particular tasks to run with more resources (memory, CPU, etc.) than originally intended.
Red Hat would like to thank Nelson Elhage for reporting the CVE-2011-1006
All libcgroup users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues.