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This file lists all significant changes made between the Owl 3.1 branch point (off Owl-current) and the current state of the 3.1-stable branch.

The dates shown in braces indicate when an equivalent change went into Owl-current, where applicable. Note that although the 3.1 branch point was created in mid-2014, Owl 3.1 was never released (nor was it intended to be) and the Owl 3.1-stable branch was only released in January 2015.

Security fixes have a "Severity" specified for the issue(s) being fixed. The three comma-separated metrics given after "Severity:" are: risk impact (low, medium, or high), attack vector (local, remote, or indirect), and whether the attack may be carried out at will (active) or not (passive). Please note that the specified risk impact is just that, it is not the overall severity, so other metrics are not factored into it. For example, a "high" impact "local, passive" issue is generally of lower overall severity than a "high" impact "remote, active" one - this is left up to our users to consider given their specific circumstances.

Per our current conventions, a Denial of Service (DoS) vulnerability is generally considered to have a "low" risk impact (even if it is a "remote, active" one, which is to be considered separately as it may make the vulnerability fairly critical under specific circumstances). Some examples of "medium" impact vulnerabilities would be persistent DoS (where the DoS effect does not go away with a (sub)system restart), data loss, bugs enabling non-critical information leaks, cryptographic signature forgeries, and/or sending of or accepting spoofed/forged network traffic (where such behavior was unexpected), as long as they would not directly allow for a "high" impact attack. Finally, a typical "high" impact vulnerability would allow for privilege escalation such as ability to execute code as another user ID than the attacker's (a "local" attack) or without "legitimately" having such an ability (a "remote" attack).

The metrics specified are generally those for a worst case scenario, however in certain cases ranges such as "none to low" or/and "local to remote" may be specified, referring to the defaults vs. a worst case yet "legitimate" custom configuration. In some complicated cases, multiple issues or attacks may be dealt with at once. When those differ in their severity metrics, we use slashes to denote the possible combinations. For example, "low/none to high, remote/local" means that we've dealt with issue(s) or attack(s) that are "low, remote" and those that are "none to high, local". In those tricky cases, we generally try to clarify the specific issue(s) and their severities in the description.

Changes made between Owl 3.1 and Owl 3.1-stable.

2017/01/25	Package: kernel
SECURITY FIX	Severity: high, local, active

Merged in a fix of use-after-free in the recvmmsg() exit path (CVE-2016-7117) from Red Hat's -417. The vulnerability appears likely to be exploitable locally. Remote exploitation might be possible as well, but would require specific (unlikely?) behavior of a service. References:

2016/12/11	Package: kernel

Merged in Red Hat's CVE-2016-5195 "Dirty COW" fix while also keeping the mitigation introduced in Owl earlier. In the kernel build for x86-64, bumped up the maximum number of logical CPUs from 32 to 96, enabled support for NUMA, huge pages, hugetlbfs, modules for I2C and many sensors (similar to what's enabled in RHEL) and CPU microcode update.

2016/10/24	Package: kernel
SECURITY FIX	Severity: high, local, active

Added a mitigation for the "Dirty COW" Linux kernel privilege escalation vulnerability (CVE-2016-5195). References:

(2016/10/17 - 2016/10/21)
2016/10/24	Package: bind
SECURITY FIX	Severity: low, remote, active

Merged multiple DoS vulnerability fixes from Red Hat's package, most notably for two easily triggerable assertion failures (CVE-2016-2776, CVE-2016-2848). References:

2016/08/23	Package: openssh

Backported upstream fix for a use-after-free in sshd's debugging output, with no known security impact.

2016/08/23	Package: openssl
SECURITY FIX	Severity: none to high, remote, active

Updated to 1.0.0t, which fixes the "X509_ATTRIBUTE memory leak" (CVE-2015-3195) and "Race condition handling PSK identify hint" (CVE-2015-3196) vulnerabilities. Neither of these affects the uses of OpenSSL in Owl, but third-party applications using Owl's OpenSSL might be affected. The "high" impact potential is for the double-free possibility mentioned in the OpenSSL advisory, even though the OpenSSL team has rated the corresponding issue as "low" overall severity (possibly considering its low risk probability, or/and other mitigating factors). This Owl package update also adds a CA certificate bundle. Reference:

2016/08/23	Package: kernel
SECURITY FIX	Severity: low, local, active

Updated to 2.6.18-408.el5.028stab120.1, which addresses several DoS vulnerabilities, and additionally fixed a kernel panic triggerable via the move_pages() syscall. Reference:

2016/08/23	Package: gnupg
SECURITY FIX	Severity: medium, remote, passive

Updated to 1.4.21, which, compared to 1.4.18, fixes side-channel leaks (CVE-2014-3591, CVE-2015-0837) and a bug in the random number generator where an attacker who obtains 4640 bits from the RNG could trivially predict the next 160 bits of output (CVE-2016-6313). References:

2016/08/23	Package: passwdqc

In version 1.3.1, fixed a bug in pam_passwdqc's rarely used "non-unix" option. The bug existed since passwdqc 1.1.3, released in 2009. Reference:

(2015/02/24 - 2016/07/08)
2016/08/23	Package: john

The development changes in JtR, from version to version, have now been included in Owl 3.1-stable because they include bug fixes.

2015/08/01	Package: openssl
SECURITY FIX	Severity: none to medium, remote, passive to active

Updated to 1.0.0s, which fixes many Low and Moderate severity issues (per OpenSSL's classification), as well as one High severity issue in the client: silent downgrades of RSA to EXPORT_RSA (CVE-2015-0204), with the corresponding attack known as FREAK. References:

2015/07/31	Package: bind
SECURITY FIX	Severity: low, remote, active

Merged multiple DoS vulnerability fixes from Red Hat's package, most notably for the easily triggerable error in handling of TKEY queries (CVE-2015-5477). References:

2015/06/11	Package: kernel
SECURITY FIX	Severity: high, local, active

Fixed OpenVZ container filesystem (simfs) escape vulnerability via bind mounts (CVE-2015-2925). References:

2015/06/09	Package: kernel
SECURITY FIX	Severity: high, local, active

Updated to 2.6.18-406.el5.028stab119.1. Most importantly, this fixes a possible I/O vector array overrun, which could allow for local privilege escalation (CVE-2015-1805). References:

2015/01/28	Package: glibc
SECURITY FIX	Severity: none to high, remote, active

Backported upstream's fix for a buffer overflow in gethostbyname*() functions, which could be triggered via a crafted IP address argument. Depending on the application that uses these functions, this vulnerability could allow a local or a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code. Due to the analysis by Qualys (referenced below), it is known that the issue could be exploited remotely via Exim (which we do not include in Owl) or locally via clockdiff or procmail if these are installed SUID/SGID or with filesystem capabilities (not the case on Owl). While there's no known security impact on Owl itself, Owl with third-party software added (as many real-world installs have) may be affected, with worst-case impact ranging up to a remote root compromise. References:

2015/01/04	Package: openssl
SECURITY FIX	Severity: none to medium, remote, active

Updated to 1.0.0o, which fixes "Information leak in pretty printing functions" (CVE-2014-3508), "Race condition in ssl_parse_serverhello_tlsext" (CVE-2014-3509), "Session Ticket Memory Leak" (CVE-2014-3567), and adds support for "SSL 3.0 Fallback protection" to let applications mitigate POODLE (CVE-2014-3566). References:

2015/01/04	Package: bash

Updated to 3.1 patchlevel 23.

2015/01/04	Package: help2man

New package: help2man, which creates simple man pages from the output of programs. It currently generates the diff(1) man page during Owl build.

2015/01/03	Package: kernel
SECURITY FIX	Severity: none to high, local, active

Updated to 2.6.18-400.el5.028stab117.2, which most importantly fixes a local privilege escalation vulnerability on x86-64 (CVE-2014-9322). References:

2015/01/03	Package: tzdata

Updated to 2014i.

(2014/09/25 - 2014/09/27)
2015/01/03	Package: bash
SECURITY FIX	Severity: none to high, remote, active

Updated to 3.1 patchlevel 19 with additional patches by Florian Weimer of Red Hat. This fixes vulnerabilities with and introduces security hardening of function imports, which could in many setups be exploited remotely. References:

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