CVE Database


Impact: Important
Public: 2013-01-24
Bugzilla: 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 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

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 Instance
Confidentiality Impact: Complete
Integrity Impact: Complete
Availability Impact: Complete

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Red Hat security errata

Platform Errata Release Date
MRG Grid for RHEL 6 Server v.2 (kernel-rt) RHSA-2013:0622 March 11, 2013
Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 5 (kernel) RHSA-2013:0621 March 11, 2013
Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 6 (kernel) RHSA-2013:0630 March 12, 2013

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