Linux Kernel up to 4.13.5 config.c memory corruption

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A vulnerability classified as critical has been found in Linux Kernel up to 4.13.5 (Operating System). Affected is an unknown code of the file drivers/usb/core/config.c. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-119. The product performs operations on a memory buffer, but it can read from or write to a memory location that is outside of the intended boundary of the buffer. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The bug was discovered 09/19/2017. The weakness was shared 11/04/2017 (Website). The advisory is available at This vulnerability is traded as CVE-2017-16531 since 11/03/2017. Local access is required to approach this attack. A authentication is needed for exploitation. Technical details are known, but there is no available exploit.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 45 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $0-$5k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 104716 (Ubuntu 16.04 LTS : linux, linux-aws, linux-gke, linux-kvm, linux-raspi2, linux-snapdragon vulnerabilities (USN-3485-1)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Ubuntu Local Security Checks and running in the context l. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 276995 (Fedora Security Update for kernel (FEDORA-2017-31d7720d7e)).

Upgrading to version 4.13.6 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published 3 weeks after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (104716). The entries 108731, 109128, 109129 and 109130 are related to this item.







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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Nessus ID: 104716
Nessus Name: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS : linux, linux-aws, linux-gke, linux-kvm, linux-raspi2, linux-snapdragon vulnerabilities (USN-3485-1)
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OpenVAS ID: 66142
OpenVAS Name: Ubuntu Update for linux USN-3485-1
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Upgrade: Kernel 4.13.6


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Advisory: USN-3485-1
Researcher: Adam Mariš
Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-2017-16531 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 102025 - Linux Kernel CVE-2017-16531 Local Denial of Service Vulnerability

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Created: 11/04/2017 04:26 PM
Updated: 01/06/2023 12:15 PM
Changes: 11/04/2017 04:26 PM (79), 12/04/2019 03:13 PM (4), 01/23/2021 08:09 AM (2), 01/06/2023 12:00 PM (4), 01/06/2023 12:07 PM (1), 01/06/2023 12:15 PM (1)
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