CVE-2015-8539

Impact:
Important
Public Date:
2015-12-09
CWE:
CWE-667
Bugzilla:
1284450: CVE-2015-8539 kernel: local privesc in key management
A flaw was found in the Linux kernel's key management system where it was possible for an attacker to escalate privileges or crash the machine. If a user key gets negatively instantiated, an error code is cached in the payload area. A negatively instantiated key may be then be positively instantiated by updating it with valid data. However, the ->update key type method must be aware that the error code may be there.

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Statement

This issue does not affect the Linux kernels as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5. This issue does affect the kernels shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, 7, MRG-2 and realtime kernels and plans to be addressed in a future update.

CVSS v2 metrics

Base Score 7.2
Base Metrics AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C
Access Vector Local
Access Complexity Low
Authentication None
Confidentiality Impact Complete
Integrity Impact Complete
Availability Impact Complete

CVSS v3 metrics

CVSS3 Base Score 7.8
CVSS3 Base Metrics CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H
Attack Vector Local
Attack Complexity Low
Privileges Required Low
User Interaction None
Scope Unchanged
Confidentiality High
Integrity Impact High
Availability Impact High

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Red Hat Security Errata

Platform Errata Release Date
Red Hat MRG Grid for RHEL 6 Server v.2 (kernel-rt) RHSA-2018:0181 2018-01-25
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (kernel) RHSA-2018:0151 2018-01-25
Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Real Time for NFV (v. 7) (kernel-rt) RHSA-2018:0152 2018-01-25

Affected Packages State

Platform Package State
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 kernel Not affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 kernel Not affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 kernel Not affected

External References

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