Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 update for kernel

Published: 2021-01-13
Risk Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2020-25641
Exploitation vector Local
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
kernel (Red Hat package)
Operating systems & Components / Operating system package or component

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server - TUS
Operating systems & Components / Operating system

Vendor Red Hat Inc.

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one low risk vulnerability.

1) Infinite loop

Risk: Low

CVSSv3: 4.8 [CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H/E:U/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2020-25641

CWE-ID: CWE-835 - Loop with Unreachable Exit Condition ('Infinite Loop')

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a local user to perform a denial of service (DoS) attack.

The vulnerability exists due to incorrect implementation of biovecs in Linux kernel. A zero-length biovec request issued by the block subsystem could cause the kernel to enter an infinite loop, causing a denial of service. A local user can issue requests to a block device and perform a denial of service (DoS) attack.


Install updates from vendor's website.

Vulnerable software versions

kernel (Red Hat package): 4.18.0-193.6.3.el8_2, 4.18.0-193.13.2.el8_2

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server - TUS: 8.2

CPE External links

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

No. This vulnerability can be exploited locally. The attacker should have authentication credentials and successfully authenticate on the system.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability.