Public Date:
595970: CVE-2008-7256 CVE-2010-1643 kernel: nfsd: fix vm overcommit crash

The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

mm/shmem.c in the Linux kernel before 2.6.28-rc3, when strict overcommit is enabled, does not properly handle the export of shmemfs objects by knfsd, which allows attackers to cause a denial of service (NULL pointer dereference and knfsd crash) or possibly have unspecified other impact via unknown vectors.

Find out more about CVE-2010-1643 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.


This issue did not affect the version of Linux kernel as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4 and 5 as they did not include nfs-export support for tmpfs. A future kernel update in Red Hat Enterprise MRG will address this issue.

CVSS v2 metrics

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

Base Score 6.9
Base Metrics AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C
Access Vector Local
Access Complexity Medium
Authentication None
Confidentiality Impact Complete
Integrity Impact Complete
Availability Impact Complete

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Red Hat Security Errata

Platform Errata Release Date
MRG Grid for RHEL 5 Server (kernel-rt) RHSA-2010:0631 2010-08-17