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1276437: CVE-2015-7990 kernel: Race condition when sending message on unbound socket causing NULL pointer dereference
A denial of service flaw was discovered in the Linux kernel, where a race condition caused a NULL pointer dereference in the RDS socket-creation code. A local attacker could use this flaw to create a situation in which a NULL pointer crashed the kernel.

Find out more about CVE-2015-7990 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.


This issue affects Red Hat enterprise Linux 5 and 6. The affected code is not available in 7, MRG and realtime kernels.

CVSS v2 metrics

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

Base Score 6.3
Base Metrics AV:N/AC:M/Au:S/C:N/I:N/A:C
Access Vector Network
Access Complexity Medium
Authentication Single
Confidentiality Impact None
Integrity Impact None
Availability Impact Complete

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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.
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