【CESA-2016:2098】An update for kernel is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

CESA-2016:2098

An update for kernel is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having a security impact of
Important. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives
a detailed severity rating, is available for each vulnerability from the CVE
link(s) in the References section.

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

Security Fix(es):

* A race condition was found in the way the Linux kernel’s memory subsystem
handled the copy-on-write (COW) breakage of private read-only memory mappings.
An unprivileged, local user could use this flaw to gain write access to
otherwise read-only memory mappings and thus increase their privileges on the
system. (CVE-2016-5195, Important)

Red Hat would like to thank Phil Oester for reporting this issue.

Bugs Fixed

1384344 – CVE-2016-5195 kernel: mm: privilege escalation via MAP_PRIVATE COW breakage