Public Date:
1263139: CVE-2015-6937 kernel: net: rds: NULL pointer dereference in net/rds/connection.c
A NULL-pointer dereference vulnerability was discovered in the Linux kernel. The kernel's Reliable Datagram Sockets (RDS) protocol implementation did not verify that an underlying transport existed before creating a connection to a remote server. A local system user could exploit this flaw to crash the system by creating sockets at specific times to trigger a NULL pointer dereference.

Find out more about CVE-2015-6937 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.


This issue did not affect kernel, kernel-rt, and realtime-kernel versions shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and Red Hat Enterprise MRG as they do not include the Reliable Datagram Sockets (RDS) protocol implementation.

CVSS v2 metrics

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

Base Score 4.9
Base Metrics AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C
Access Vector Local
Access Complexity Low
Authentication None
Confidentiality Impact None
Integrity Impact None
Availability Impact Complete

Find out more about Red Hat support for the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS).

Affected Packages State

Platform Package State
Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2 realtime-kernel Not affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 kernel-rt Not affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 kernel Not affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 kernel Will not fix
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 kernel Will not fix
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.
Last Modified