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1113899: CVE-2014-4608 kernel: lzo1x_decompress_safe() integer overflow
An integer overflow flaw was found in the way the lzo1x_decompress_safe() function of the Linux kernel's LZO implementation processed Literal Runs. A local attacker could, in extremely rare cases, use this flaw to crash the system or, potentially, escalate their privileges on the system.

Find out more about CVE-2014-4608 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.


This issue does not affect the Linux kernel packages as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2 only support 64-bit architectures. Since exploiting this issue on 64-bit platforms is not feasible given the amount of input data that is necessary to trigger the integer overflow, we are currently not planning planning to fix this issue in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2.

Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2:
This vulnerability has been rated as having a security impact of Low. After evaluation and in accordance with the criteria noted in the product support life cycle, there are no plans to address this issue in an upcoming release. Please contact Red Hat Support for further information.

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
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 6 (kernel) RHSA-2014:1392 2014-10-13
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Extended Update Support 6.5 (kernel) RHSA-2015:0062 2015-01-20

Affected Packages State

Platform Package State
Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2 realtime-kernel Will not fix
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 kernel Not affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 kernel Not affected
Unless explicitly stated as not affected, all previous versions of packages in any minor update stream of a product listed here should be assumed vulnerable, although may not have been subject to full analysis.


Red Hat would like to thank Don A. Bailey from Lab Mouse Security for reporting this issue.
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