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CVE-2009-0778

Impact: Important
Public: 2008-03-26
CWE: CWE-772->CWE-400
Bugzilla: 485163: CVE-2009-0778 kernel: rt_cache leak leads to lack of network connectivity

Details

The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

The icmp_send function in net/ipv4/icmp.c in the Linux kernel before 2.6.25, when configured as a router with a REJECT route, does not properly manage the Protocol Independent Destination Cache (aka DST) in some situations involving transmission of an ICMP Host Unreachable message, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (connectivity outage) by sending a large series of packets to many destination IP addresses within this REJECT route, related to an "rt_cache leak."

Find out more about CVE-2009-0778 from the MITRE CVE dictionary and NIST NVD.

Statement

This issue did not affect the versions of Linux kernel as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1, 3, 4, and Red Hat Enterprise MRG.

It was addressed in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 via: https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2009-0326.html .

CVSS v2 metrics

Base Score: 7.1
Base Metrics: AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C
Access Vector: Network
Access Complexity: Medium
Authentication: None
Confidentiality Impact: None
Integrity Impact: None
Availability Impact: Complete

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Red Hat security errata

Platform Errata Release Date
Red Hat Enterprise Linux EUS (v. 5.2 server) (kernel) RHSA-2010:0079 February 02, 2010
Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 5 (kernel) RHSA-2009:0326 April 01, 2009

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