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[$] Weekly Edition for December 22, 2016

Thursday 22nd of December 2016 01:59:45 AM
The Weekly Edition for December 22, 2016 is available.

[$] Using systemd for more secure services in Fedora

Wednesday 21st of December 2016 06:25:07 PM

The AF_PACKET local privilege escalation (also known as CVE-2016-8655) has been fixed by most distributions at this point; stable kernels addressing the problem were released on December 10. But, as a discussion on the fedora-devel mailing list shows, systemd now provides options that could help mitigate CVE-2016-8655 and, more importantly, other vulnerabilities that remain undiscovered or have yet to be introduced. The genesis for the discussion was a blog post from Lennart Poettering about the RestrictAddressFamilies directive, but recent systemd versions have other sandboxing features that could be used to head off the next vulnerability.

Wednesday's security updates

Wednesday 21st of December 2016 06:08:42 PM

CentOS has updated kernel (C5: use after free), thunderbird (C5: multiple vulnerabilities), and xen (C5: privilege escalation).

Debian has updated flightgear (file overwrites), php-ssh2 (problem with previous php update), and python-bottle (CRLF attacks).

Debian-LTS has updated dcmtk (buffer overflows/underflows).

Fedora has updated mapserver (F25; F24: information leak).

openSUSE has updated ceph (42.2: denial of service) and zlib (13.2: multiple vulnerabilities).

Oracle has updated kernel (OL5: use after free), vim (OL7; OL6: code execution), and xen (OL5: privilege escalation).

Red Hat has updated gstreamer-plugins-bad-free (RHEL6: code execution), gstreamer-plugins-good (RHEL6: multiple vulnerabilities), thunderbird (RHEL5,6,7: multiple vulnerabilities), and vim (RHEL6,7: code execution).

Scientific Linux has updated gstreamer-plugins-bad-free (SL6: code execution), gstreamer-plugins-good (SL6: multiple vulnerabilities), thunderbird (SL5,6,7: multiple vulnerabilities), and vim (SL6,7: code execution).

SUSE has updated kernel (SLE11-SP4: two vulnerabilities).

Ubuntu has updated kernel (16.10; 16.04; 14.04; 12.04: multiple vulnerabilities), linux-lts-trusty (12.04: two vulnerabilities), linux-lts-xenial (14.04: multiple vulnerabilities), linux-raspi2 (16.10; 16.04: multiple vulnerabilities), linux-snapdragon (16.04: multiple vulnerabilities), and linux-ti-omap4 (12.04: information leak).

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