RHSA-2010:0053 - Security Advisory
Important: kernel security and bug fix update
Security Advisory: Important
Updated kernel packages that fix multiple security issues and two bugs are
now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 Extended Update Support.
This update has been rated as having important security impact by the Red
Hat Security Response Team.
The kernel packages contain the Linux kernel, the core of any Linux
This update fixes the following security issues:
- a flaw was found in the IPv6 Extension Header (EH) handling
implementation in the Linux kernel. The skb->dst data structure was not
properly validated in the ipv6_hop_jumbo() function. This could possibly
lead to a remote denial of service. (CVE-2007-4567, Important)
- a flaw was found in each of the following Intel PRO/1000 Linux
drivers in the Linux kernel: e1000 and e1000e. A remote attacker using
packets larger than the MTU could bypass the existing fragment check,
resulting in partial, invalid frames being passed to the network stack.
These flaws could also possibly be used to trigger a remote denial of
service. (CVE-2009-4536, CVE-2009-4538, Important)
- a flaw was found in the Realtek r8169 Ethernet driver in the Linux
kernel. Receiving overly-long frames with a certain revision of the network
cards supported by this driver could possibly result in a remote denial of
service. (CVE-2009-4537, Important)
This update also fixes the following bugs:
- on certain hardware, the igb driver was unable to detect link statuses
correctly for Serializer-Deserializer (SERDES) interface Ethernet ports.
This may have caused problems for network interface bonding, such as
failover not occurring. (BZ#548023)
- in certain situations, kdump occasionally dumped a vmcore file with no
registers on Intel Itanium systems that were under high disk I/O load. In
these cases, this prevented the kernel stack backtrace in the vmcore from
being viewed with the crash utility. (BZ#542581)
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 that all previously-released
errata relevant to your system have been applied.
This update is available via Red Hat Network. Details on how to use
the Red Hat Network to apply this update are available at
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server - Extended Update Support 5.3 x86_64
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server - Extended Update Support 5.3 ia64
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server - Extended Update Support 5.3 i386
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server - AUS 5.3 x86_64
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server - AUS 5.3 ia64
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server - AUS 5.3 i386
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM z Systems - Extended Update Support 5.3 s390x
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Power, big endian - Extended Update Support 5.3 ppc
- BZ - 542581 - kdump corefile cannot be backtraced in IA64 [rhel-5.3.z]
- BZ - 548023 - EL5.3: igb driver fails to detect link status change on SERDES interface [rhel-5.3.z]
- BZ - 548641 - CVE-2007-4567 kernel: ipv6_hop_jumbo remote system crash
- BZ - 550907 - CVE-2009-4537 kernel: r8169 issue reported at 26c3
- BZ - 551214 - CVE-2009-4538 kernel: e1000e frame fragment issue
- BZ - 552126 - CVE-2009-4536 kernel: e1000 issue reported at 26c3
This erratum does not contain any packages.