Red Hat Security Advisory
Synopsis: Important: kernel-rt security update
Advisory ID: RHSA-2012:0061-01
Product: Red Hat Enterprise MRG for RHEL-6
Advisory URL: https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2012-0061.html
Issue date: 2012-01-24
CVE Names: CVE-2012-0056
Updated kernel-rt packages that fix one security issue are now available
for Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2.1.
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:
MRG Realtime for RHEL 6 Server v.2 - noarch, x86_64
The kernel-rt packages contain the Linux kernel, the core of any Linux
This update fixes the following security issue:
* It was found that permissions were not checked properly in the Linux
kernel when handling the /proc/[pid]/mem writing functionality. A local,
unprivileged user could use this flaw to escalate their privileges. Refer
to Red Hat Knowledgebase article DOC-69129, linked to in the References,
for further information. (CVE-2012-0056, Important)
Red Hat would like to thank Jüri Aedla for reporting this issue.
Users should upgrade to these updated packages, which 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.