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656830: CVE-2010-4250 kernel: inotify memory leak

The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

Memory leak in the inotify_init1 function in fs/notify/inotify/inotify_user.c in the Linux kernel before 2.6.37 allows local users to cause a denial of service (memory consumption) via vectors involving failed attempts to create files.

Find out more about CVE-2010-4250 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 4 and 5. It was addressed in Red Hat Enterprise MRG via A future kernel update in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 may address this flaw.

CVSS v2 metrics

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

Base Score 4.9
Base Metrics AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C
Access Vector Local
Access Complexity Low
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 6 (kernel) RHSA-2011:0498 2011-05-10
MRG Grid for RHEL 5 Server (kernel-rt) RHSA-2011:0330 2011-03-10

Affected Packages State

Platform Package State
Red Hat Enterprise MRG 1 realtime-kernel Affected


Red Hat would like to thank Vegard Nossum for reporting this issue.

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