#VU7865 Privilege escalation in Linux kernel

Published: 2017-08-11 | Updated: 2017-08-15

Vulnerability identifier: #VU7865

Vulnerability risk: Low

CVSSv3.1: 7.7 [CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2017-1000111


Exploitation vector: Local

Exploit availability: No

Vulnerable software:
Linux kernel
Operating systems & Components / Operating system

Vendor: Linux Foundation

The vulnerability allows a local attacker to gain elevated privileges on the target system.

The weakness exists in the packet_set_ring function due to improper implementation of raw packet sockets in the networking subsystem of the affected software that handles synchronization. A local attacker with CAP_NET_RAW permissions can open a raw packet socket, trigger a race condition, eventually cause use-after-free error and execute arbitrary code with root privileges.

Successful exploitation of the vulnerability may result in system compromise.

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Vulnerable software versions

Linux kernel: 4.12.1 - 4.12.6

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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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