Privilege scalation in Opencontainers runc

Published: 2019-09-25 | Updated: 2019-11-01
Risk Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2019-16884
Exploitation vector Local
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Server applications / Virtualization software

Vendor Linux Foundation

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one low risk vulnerability.

1) Permissions, Privileges, and Access Controls

EUVDB-ID: #VU22482

Risk: Low


CVE-ID: CVE-2019-16884

CWE-ID: CWE-264 - Permissions, Privileges, and Access Controls

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a local user to escalate privileges on the system.

The vulnerability exists due to incorrect checking of the mount targets in libcontainer/rootfs_linux.go in runc. A local user can bypass AppArmor restrictions and perform unauthorized actions on the system, as demonstrated by overwriting the /proc directory with a malicious Doker image.


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Vulnerable software versions

runc: 1.0.0 rc1 - 1.0.0 rc8

CPE2.3 External links

Q & A

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