#VU1012 Denial of service

Published: 2016-10-17 | Updated: 2016-10-17

Vulnerability identifier: #VU1012

Vulnerability risk: Low

CVSSv3.1: 4.8 [CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2016-7042


Exploitation vector: Local

Exploit availability: No

Vulnerable software:
Linux kernel
Operating systems & Components / Operating system
linux_kernel (Debian package)
Operating systems & Components / Operating system package or component

Vendor: Linux Foundation

The vulnerability allows a local user to cause DoS conditions on the target system.
The weakness exists due to using of incorrect buffer size for certain timeout data by the proc_keys_show function in security/keys/proc.c while enabling of GNU Compiler Collection (gcc) stack protector. By reading the /proc/keys file attackers can trigger stack memory corruption.
Successful exploitation of the vulnerability may result in denial of service on the vulnerable system.

Update to version 4.8.2.

Vulnerable software versions

Linux kernel: 3.2.78-1 - 4.8.1

linux_kernel (Debian package): 4.7.2-1


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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.

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