This issue does not affect the Linux kernel packages as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, 6 as the code with the flaw is not present in the products listed.
This issue affects the Linux kernel packages as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and MRG-2. In a default or common use of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and MRG-2 this issue does not allow an unprivileged local or remote user to elevate their privileges on the system.
In order to exploit this issue the attacker needs CAP_NET_ADMIN capability, which needs to be granted especially by the administrator to the attacker's process. This in turn requires granting CAP_NET_ADMIN capability to the process' binary and/or attacker's account.
Another possibility to obtain CAP_NET_ADMIN capability in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 for an attacker is running a process inside a user+network namespace with mapped root privileges inside the namespace. Since Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 does not have unprivileged user namespaces enabled by default, local or remote unprivileged users also cannot abuse namespaces to grant this capability to themselves and elevate their privileges.
Given the severity of this issue, future Linux kernel updates for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and MRG-2 products are planned to address it.
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|
Red Hat Security Errata
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Real Time for NFV (v. 7) (kernel-rt)||RHSA-2017:2931||2017-10-19|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (kernel)||RHSA-2017:2930||2017-10-19|
|Red Hat MRG Grid for RHEL 6 Server v.2 (kernel-rt)||RHSA-2017:2918||2017-10-19|
Affected Packages State
|Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2||realtime-kernel||Affected|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6||kernel||Not affected|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5||kernel||Not affected|