Use-after-free in Linux kernel



Published: 2020-05-08 | Updated: 2020-07-17
Risk Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2020-10690
CWE-ID CWE-416
Exploitation vector Local
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
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Vendor Linux Foundation

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one low risk vulnerability.

1) Use-after-free

EUVDB-ID: #VU30292

Risk: Low

CVSSv3.1:

CVE-ID: CVE-2020-10690

CWE-ID: CWE-416 - Use After Free

Exploit availability: No

Description

The vulnerability allows a local privileged user to execute arbitrary code.

There is a use-after-free in kernel versions before 5.5 due to a race condition between the release of ptp_clock and cdev while resource deallocation. When a (high privileged) process allocates a ptp device file (like /dev/ptpX) and voluntarily goes to sleep. During this time if the underlying device is removed, it can cause an exploitable condition as the process wakes up to terminate and clean all attached files. The system crashes due to the cdev structure being invalid (as already freed) which is pointed to by the inode.

Mitigation

Install update from vendor's website.

Vulnerable software versions

Linux kernel: 5.0 - 5.4.42


CPE2.3 External links

http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-security-announce/2020-06/msg00022.html
http://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=CVE-2020-10690
http://lists.debian.org/debian-lts-announce/2020/06/msg00011.html
http://lists.debian.org/debian-lts-announce/2020/06/msg00013.html
http://security.netapp.com/advisory/ntap-20200608-0001/

Q & A

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