CVE Database

CVE-2010-4250

Impact: Moderate
Public: 2010-11-24
Bugzilla: 656830: CVE-2010-4250 kernel: inotify memory leak

Details

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 and NIST NVD.

Statement

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 https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2011-0330.html. A future kernel update in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 may address this flaw.

CVSS v2 metrics

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
MRG Grid for RHEL 5 Server (kernel-rt) RHSA-2011:0330 March 10, 2011
Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 6 (kernel) RHSA-2011:0498 May 10, 2011

External References

Acknowledgements

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

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