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Red Hat Security Advisory
Synopsis: Important: kernel security update
Advisory ID: RHSA-2014:0949-01
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Advisory URL: https://rhn.redhat.c...-2014-0949.html
Issue date: 2014-07-28
CVE Names: CVE-2014-4699
Updated kernel packages that fix one security issue are now available for
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 Advanced Update Support.
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 in the References section.
2. Relevant releases/architectures:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux AUS (v. 6.2 server) - noarch, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server Optional AUS (v. 6.2) - x86_64
The kernel packages contain the Linux kernel, the core of any Linux
* It was found that the Linux kernel's ptrace subsystem allowed a traced
process' instruction pointer to be set to a non-canonical memory address
without forcing the non-sysret code path when returning to user space.
A local, unprivileged user could use this flaw to crash the system or,
potentially, escalate their privileges on the system. (CVE-2014-4699,
Note: The CVE-2014-4699 issue only affected systems using an Intel CPU.
Red Hat would like to thank Andy Lutomirski for reporting this issue.
All kernel users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which
contain a backported patch to correct this issue. 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 (https://bugzilla.redhat.com/):
1115927 - CVE-2014-4699 kernel: x86_64: ptrace: sysret to non-canonical address
6. Package List:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux AUS (v. 6.2 server):
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server Optional AUS (v. 6.2):
These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat for security. Our key and
details on how to verify the signature are available from
The Red Hat security contact is . More contact
details at https://access.redha...y/team/contact/
Copyright 2014 Red Hat, Inc.
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[RHSA-2014:0949-01] Important: kernel security update
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