An updated rtkit package that fixes one security issue is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.
The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having important security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link associated with the description below.
RealtimeKit is a D-Bus system service that changes the scheduling policy of user processes/threads to SCHED_RR (that is, realtime scheduling mode) on request. It is intended to be used as a secure mechanism to allow real-time scheduling to be used by normal user processes.
It was found that RealtimeKit communicated with PolicyKit for authorization using a D-Bus API that is vulnerable to a race condition. This could have led to intended PolicyKit authorizations being bypassed. This update modifies RealtimeKit to communicate with PolicyKit via a different API that is not vulnerable to the race condition.
All rtkit users are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which contains a backported patch to correct this issue.