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1391490: CVE-2016-8633 kernel: Buffer overflow in firewire driver via crafted incoming packets
A buffer overflow vulnerability due to a lack of input filtering of incoming fragmented datagrams was found in the IP-over-1394 driver [firewire-net] in a fragment handling code in the Linux kernel. The vulnerability exists since firewire supported IPv4, i.e. since version 2.6.31 (year 2009) till version v4.9-rc4. A maliciously formed fragment with a respectively large datagram offset would cause a memcpy() past the datagram buffer, which would cause a system panic or possible arbitrary code execution. The flaw requires [firewire-net] module to be loaded and is remotely exploitable from connected firewire devices, but not over a local network.

Find out more about CVE-2016-8633 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.


This issue affects the Linux kernel packages as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, 7 and MRG 2.x. This issue has been rated as having Moderate security impact. Future Linux kernel updates for the respective releases might address this issue.

CVSS v2 metrics

Base Score 5.9
Base Metrics AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:C
Access Vector Local
Access Complexity Medium
Authentication None
Confidentiality Impact Partial
Integrity Impact Partial
Availability Impact Complete

CVSS v3 metrics

CVSS3 Base Score 6.8
CVSS3 Base Metrics CVSS:3.0/AV:P/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H
Attack Vector Physical
Attack Complexity Low
Privileges Required None
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 Enterprise Linux 7 (kernel) RHSA-2018:1062 2018-04-10
Red Hat MRG Grid for RHEL 6 Server v.2 (kernel-rt) RHSA-2019:1190 2019-05-14
Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Real Time for NFV (v. 7) (kernel-rt) RHSA-2018:0676 2018-04-10
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Extended Update Support 7.4 (kernel) RHSA-2019:1170 2019-05-14

Affected Packages State

Platform Package State
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 kernel Will not fix
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 Eyal Itkin for reporting this issue.
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