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554578: CVE-2010-0003 kernel: infoleak if print-fatal-signals=1

The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

The print_fatal_signal function in kernel/signal.c in the Linux kernel before on the i386 platform, when print-fatal-signals is enabled, allows local users to discover the contents of arbitrary memory locations by jumping to an address and then reading a log file, and might allow local users to cause a denial of service (system slowdown or crash) by jumping to an address.

Find out more about CVE-2010-0003 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.


Red Hat is aware of this issue and is tracking it via the following bug: This issue has been rated as having moderate security impact. A future update in Red Hat Enterprise MRG may address this flaw. This issue was addressed in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5 via and respectively. This issue is not planned to be fixed in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, due to this product being in Production 3 of its maintenance life-cycle, where only qualified security errata of important or critical impact are addressed. For further information about Errata Support Policy, visit:

CVSS v2 metrics

NOTE: The following CVSS v2 metrics and score provided are preliminary and subject to review.

Base Score 6.6
Base Metrics AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:N/A:C
Access Vector Local
Access Complexity Low
Authentication None
Confidentiality Impact Complete
Integrity Impact None
Availability Impact Complete

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Red Hat Security Errata

Platform Errata Release Date
Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 5 (kernel) RHSA-2010:0147 2010-03-17
MRG Grid for RHEL 5 Server (kernel-rt) RHSA-2010:0161 2010-03-23
Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 4 (kernel) RHSA-2010:0146 2010-03-17