Public Date:
908693: CVE-2013-0268 kernel: x86/msr: /dev/cpu/*/msr local privilege escalation

The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

The msr_open function in arch/x86/kernel/msr.c in the Linux kernel before 3.7.6 allows local users to bypass intended capability restrictions by executing a crafted application as root, as demonstrated by msr32.c.

Find out more about CVE-2013-0268 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.


This issue did affect the version of Linux kernel as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, 6 and Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2.

CVSS v2 metrics

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

Base Score 6
Base Metrics AV:L/AC:H/Au:S/C:C/I:C/A:C
Access Vector Local
Access Complexity High
Authentication Single
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-2013:0621 2013-03-11
MRG Grid for RHEL 6 Server v.2 (kernel-rt) RHSA-2013:0622 2013-03-11
Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 6 (kernel) RHSA-2013:0630 2013-03-12