Security update for the Linux Kernel (Live Patch 8 for SLE 15)

SUSE Security Update: Security update for the Linux Kernel (Live Patch 8 for SLE 15)
Announcement ID: SUSE-SU-2019:0845-1
Rating: important
References: #1124729 #1124734 #1126284 #1128378
Cross-References: CVE-2019-6974 CVE-2019-7221 CVE-2019-8912 CVE-2019-9213
Affected Products:
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Module for Live Patching 15

An update that fixes four vulnerabilities is now available.


This update for the Linux Kernel 4.12.14-25_28 fixes several issues.
The following security issues were fixed:

  • CVE-2019-9213: Expand_downwards in mm/mmap.c lacked a check for the mmap minimum address, which made it easier for attackers to exploit kernel NULL pointer dereferences on non-SMAP platforms. This is related to a capability check for the wrong task (bsc#1128378).
  • CVE-2019-8912: af_alg_release() in crypto/af_alg.c neglected to set a NULL value for a certain structure member, which could have led to a use-after-free in sockfs_setattr (bsc#1126284).
  • CVE-2019-7221: Fixed a user-after-free vulnerability in the KVM hypervisor related to the emulation of a preemption timer, allowing an guest user/process to crash the host kernel. (bsc#1124734).
  • CVE-2019-6974: kvm_ioctl_create_device in virt/kvm/kvm_main.c mishandled reference counting because of a race condition, leading to a use-after-free (bsc#1124729).

Patch Instructions:

To install this SUSE Security Update use the SUSE recommended installation methods like YaST online_update or "zypper patch".
Alternatively you can run the command listed for your product:

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Module for Live Patching 15:
    zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-Module-Live-Patching-15-2019-844=1 SUSE-SLE-Module-Live-Patching-15-2019-845=1

Package List:

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Module for Live Patching 15 (ppc64le x86_64):
    • kernel-livepatch-4_12_14-25_25-default-3-2.1
    • kernel-livepatch-4_12_14-25_25-default-debuginfo-3-2.1
    • kernel-livepatch-4_12_14-25_28-default-2-2.1
    • kernel-livepatch-4_12_14-25_28-default-debuginfo-2-2.1