Public Date:
1500094: CVE-2017-5123 kernel: Missing access_ok() checks in waitid()
The waitid implementation in upstream kernels did not restrict the target destination to copy information results. This can allow local users to write to otherwise protected kernel memory, which can lead to privilege escalation.

Find out more about CVE-2017-5123 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.


This issue did not affect the versions of the Linux kernel as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux as they did not include the upstream commit that introduced this issue.

CVSS v3 metrics

NOTE: The following CVSS v3 metrics and score provided are preliminary and subject to review.

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

Affected Packages State

Platform Package State
Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2 realtime-kernel Not affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 kernel Not affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 kernel-rt Not affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 kernel-alt Not affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 kernel Not affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 kernel Not affected


Red Hat would like to thank Chris Salls for reporting this issue.

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