Public Date:
916646: CVE-2013-1792 Kernel: keys: race condition in install_user_keyrings()

The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

Race condition in the install_user_keyrings function in security/keys/process_keys.c in the Linux kernel before 3.8.3 allows local users to cause a denial of service (NULL pointer dereference and system crash) via crafted keyctl system calls that trigger keyring operations in simultaneous threads.

Find out more about CVE-2013-1792 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.


This issue does not affect the versions of the kernel package as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. This issue affects the version of Linux kernel as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2. Future kernel updates for Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2 may address this issue.

CVSS v2 metrics

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

Base Score 4
Base Metrics AV:L/AC:H/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C
Access Vector Local
Access Complexity High
Authentication None
Confidentiality Impact None
Integrity Impact None
Availability Impact Complete

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Red Hat Security Errata

Platform Errata Release Date
Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 6 (kernel) RHSA-2013:0744 2013-04-23
MRG Grid for RHEL 6 Server v.2 (kernel-rt) RHSA-2013:0829 2013-05-20

Affected Packages State

Platform Package State
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 kernel Not affected


This issue was discovered by Mateusz Guzik of Red Hat EMEA GSS SEG Team.