Public Date:
819471: CVE-2012-2319 kernel: Buffer overflow in the HFS plus filesystem (different issue than CVE-2009-4020)

The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

Multiple buffer overflows in the hfsplus filesystem implementation in the Linux kernel before 3.3.5 allow local users to gain privileges via a crafted HFS plus filesystem, a related issue to CVE-2009-4020.

Find out more about CVE-2012-2319 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.


This issue did not affect the versions of the Linux kernel as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and Red Hat Enterprise MRG, as those versions do not have CONFIG_HFSPLUS_FS option enabled. The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this issue as having low security impact. A future kernel updates in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 may address this issue. For additional information, refer to the Issue Severity Classification:

CVSS v2 metrics

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

Base Score 6.2
Base Metrics AV:L/AC:H/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C
Access Vector Local
Access Complexity High
Authentication None
Confidentiality Impact Complete
Integrity Impact Complete
Availability Impact Complete

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Red Hat Security Errata

Platform Errata Release Date
Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 5 (kernel) RHSA-2012:1323 2012-10-02
Red Hat Enterprise Linux EUS (v. 5.6 server) (kernel) RHSA-2012:1347 2012-10-09

Affected Packages State

Platform Package State
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 kernel Not affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux EUS (v. 5.6 server) kernel Affected