Privilege escalation in Linux kernel

Published: 2019-12-12 | Updated: 2020-05-04
Risk Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2019-19768
Exploitation vector Local
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Linux kernel
Operating systems & Components / Operating system

Vendor Linux Foundation

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one low risk vulnerability.

1) Use-after-free

EUVDB-ID: #VU27503

Risk: Low


CVE-ID: CVE-2019-19768

CWE-ID: CWE-416 - Use After Free

Exploit availability: No


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

The vulnerability exists due to a use-after-free error in the __blk_add_trace() function in kernel/trace/blktrace.c. A local user can run a specially crafted program, trigger a use-after-free error and execute arbitrary code on the system with elevated privileges.


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Vulnerable software versions

Linux kernel: 4.18 - 5.5.7

CPE2.3 External links

Q & A

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