[RHSA-2015:0981-01] Important: kernel-rt security, bug fix, and enhancement update

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                   Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis:          Important: kernel-rt security, bug fix, and enhancement update
Advisory ID:       RHSA-2015:0981-01
Product:           Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Advisory URL:      https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2015-0981.html
Issue date:        2015-05-12
CVE Names:         CVE-2015-3331 

1. Summary:

Updated kernel-rt packages that fix one security issue, several bugs, and
add various enhancements are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

Red Hat Product Security 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 Realtime (v. 7) - noarch, x86_64

3. Description:

The kernel-rt packages contain the Linux kernel, the core of any Linux
operating system.

* A buffer overflow flaw was found in the way the Linux kernel's Intel
AES-NI instructions optimized version of the RFC4106 GCM mode decryption
functionality handled fragmented packets. A remote attacker could use this
flaw to crash, or potentially escalate their privileges on, a system over a
connection with an active AEC-GCM mode IPSec security association.
(CVE-2015-3331, Important)

The kernel-rt packages have been upgraded to version 3.10.0-229.4.1, which
provides a number of bug fixes and enhancements over the previous version,

* Audit subsystem not resolving path name on directory watches
* audit watches do not track correctly after a rename
* auditctl output is changed in RHEL 7
* megaraid_sas: non-booting system with intel_iommu=on kernel parameter
* GFS2: kernel NULL pointer dereference in gfs2_inplace_reserve
* Crypto adapter cannot be brought online - affect all HW
* crypto/seqiv.c: wrong check of return code from crypto_rng_get_bytes
* Backport crypto: sha256_ssse3 - also test for BMI2
* Null pointer at team_handle_frame+0x62/0x100 [team]
* AES CTR x86_64 "by8" AVX optimization
* Intel RDSEED - Fix for entropy counting
* Intel SHA1 multi-buffer crypto implementation
* Intel SHA1 AVX2 optimization support
* mlx4_en: HW timestamp ends up in error queue of socket which does not
have SO_TIMESTAMPING enabled


This update also fixes the following bugs:

* Prior to this update, heavy lock contention occurred on systems with
greater than 32 cores when large numbers of tasks went idle simultaneously.
Consequently, all the idle CPUs attempted to acquire the run-queue (rq)
lock of a CPU with extra tasks in order to pull those run-able tasks.
This increased scheduler latency due to the lock contention. Instead of
each idle CPU attempting to acquire the run-queue lock, now each idle CPU
will send an IPI to let the overloaded CPU select one core to pull tasks
from it. The result is less spin-lock contention on the rq lock and
produces improved scheduler response time. (BZ#1210924)

* The CONFIG_NO_HZ logic enabled/disabled the timer tick every time a CPU
went into an idle state. This timer tick manipulation caused the system
performance (throughput) to suffer. The CONFIG_NO_HZ configuration setting
is now turned off by default, which increases the throughput due to the
lower idle overhead while allowing system administrators to enable it
selectively in their environment. (BZ#1210597)

All kernel-rt users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which
correct these issues and add these enhancements. 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:


5. Bugs fixed (https://bugzilla.redhat.com/):

1209963 - kernel-rt: rebase tree to match RHEL7.1.z source tree
1213322 - CVE-2015-3331 Kernel: crypto: buffer overruns in RFC4106 implementation using AESNI

6. Package List:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Realtime (v. 7):




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7. References:


8. Contact:

The Red Hat security contact is <secalert at redhat.com>. More contact
details at https://access.redhat.com/security/team/contact/

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