CVE Database


Impact: Low
Public: 2013-01-07
CWE: CWE-385
Bugzilla: 892983: CVE-2013-0160 kernel: /dev/ptmx to measure inter-keystroke timing


The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

The Linux kernel through 3.7.9 allows local users to obtain sensitive information about keystroke timing by using the inotify API on the /dev/ptmx device.

Find out more about CVE-2013-0160 from the MITRE CVE dictionary and NIST NVD.


This issue affects the versions of the Linux kernel as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6, and Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2. Red Hat Product Security has rated this issue as having Low security impact. This issue is not currently planned to be addressed in future updates. 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: 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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