Public Date:
975406: CVE-2013-2188 kernel: fs: filp leak on ro filesystem

The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

A certain Red Hat patch to the do_filp_open function in fs/namei.c in the kernel package before 2.6.32-358.11.1.el6 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6 does not properly handle failure to obtain write permissions, which allows local users to cause a denial of service (system crash) by leveraging access to a filesystem that is mounted read-only.

Find out more about CVE-2013-2188 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.


This issue did not affect the Linux kernel as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux MRG 2.

This issue was addressed in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 via RHSA-2013:0911 (

Upstream is not affected.

CVSS v2 metrics

Base Score 4.7
Base Metrics AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C
Access Vector Local
Access Complexity Medium
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 6 (kernel) RHSA-2013:0911 2013-06-10

Affected Packages State

Platform Package State
Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2 realtime-kernel Not affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 kernel Not affected


This issue was discovered by Mateusz Guzik of Red Hat.

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CVE description copyright © 2017, The MITRE Corporation


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