By Jamie.Iles-Oracle on Aug 08, 2013
In September 2012, CVE-2012-3552 was reported which could allow an attacker to corrupt slab memory which could lead to a denial-of-service or possible privilege escalation depending on the target machine workload. This bug had originally been fixed in the mainline kernel in April 2011 and was a fairly large patch for a security fix. The RedHat backport for this fix introduced a new bug which has been assigned CVE-2013-2224 which again could allow for a denial-of-service or possible privilege escalation. Rack911 & Tortoiselabs created a reproducer in June 2013 which would allow an unprivileged user to cause a denial-of-service.
RedHat have not yet released a kernel with this CVE fixed, but CentOS have released a custom kernel with the vendor fix for CentOS 6.
We have just released a Ksplice update to address this issue for releases 5 and 6 of Oracle Linux, RedHat Enterprise Linux, CentOS and Scientific Linux. We recommend that all users of Ksplice on these distributions install this zero-downtime update.[Read More]