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633145: CVE-2010-3297 kernel: drivers/net/eql.c: reading uninitialized stack memory

The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

The eql_g_master_cfg function in drivers/net/eql.c in the Linux kernel before 2.6.36-rc5 does not properly initialize a certain structure member, which allows local users to obtain potentially sensitive information from kernel stack memory via an EQL_GETMASTRCFG ioctl call.

Find out more about CVE-2010-3297 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.


This issue did not affect the versions of Linux kernel as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4, and 5 as they did not include support for equalizer load-balancer for serial network interfaces. This was addressed in Red Hat Enterprise Linux Enterprise MRG via

CVSS v2 metrics

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

Base Score 1.9
Base Metrics AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N
Access Vector Local
Access Complexity Medium
Authentication None
Confidentiality Impact Partial
Integrity Impact None
Availability Impact None

Find out more about Red Hat support for the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS).

Red Hat Security Errata

Platform Errata Release Date
MRG Grid for RHEL 5 Server (kernel-rt) RHSA-2010:0771 2010-10-14


Red Hat would like to thank Dan Rosenberg for reporting this issue.

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