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CVE-2010-2955

Impact:
Moderate
Public Date:
2010-08-27
Bugzilla:
628434: CVE-2010-2955 kernel: wireless: fix 64K kernel heap content leak via ioctl

The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

The cfg80211_wext_giwessid function in net/wireless/wext-compat.c in the Linux kernel before 2.6.36-rc3-next-20100831 does not properly initialize certain structure members, which allows local users to leverage an off-by-one error in the ioctl_standard_iw_point function in net/wireless/wext-core.c, and obtain potentially sensitive information from kernel heap memory, via vectors involving an SIOCGIWESSID ioctl call that specifies a large buffer size.

Find out more about CVE-2010-2955 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.

Statement

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 backport the upstream commit 3d23e349 that had introduced the problem. A future update in Red Hat Enterprise MRG may address this flaw.

CVSS v2 metrics

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

Base Score 2.1
Base Metrics AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N
Access Vector Local
Access Complexity Low
Authentication None
Confidentiality Impact Partial
Integrity Impact None
Availability Impact None

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Red Hat Security Errata

Platform Errata Release Date
MRG Grid for RHEL 5 Server (kernel-rt) RHSA-2010:0771 2010-10-14
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (kernel) RHSA-2010:0842 2010-11-10

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