A race condition was found in the Linux kernel, present since v3.14-rc1 through v4.12. The race happens between threads of inotify_handle_event() and vfs_rename() while running the rename operation against the same file. As a result of the race the next slab data or the slab's free list pointer can be corrupted with attacker-controlled data, which may lead to the privilege escalation.
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This issue does not affect the versions of the Linux kernel as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, 6, 7.0 and 7.1 as the code with the flaw is not present in the products listed.
This issue affects the versions of the Linux kernel as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 and newer and Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2. Future kernel updates for these products may address this issue.