VDB-110109 · CVE-2017-15116 · Qualys 236711

Linux Kernel up to 4.1 crypto/rng.c rngapi_reset null pointer dereference

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A vulnerability, which was classified as problematic, was found in Linux Kernel up to 4.1 (Operating System). This affects the function rngapi_reset of the file crypto/rng.c. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a denial of service vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-476. A NULL pointer dereference occurs when the application dereferences a pointer that it expects to be valid, but is NULL, typically causing a crash or exit. This is going to have an impact on availability.

The bug was discovered 10/08/2017. The weakness was shared 11/30/2017 (Website). The advisory is shared at git.kernel.org. This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2017-15116 since 10/08/2017. The exploitability is told to be easy. An attack has to be approached locally. No form of authentication is needed for exploitation. Technical details are known, but no exploit is available.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 53 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $0-$5k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 109380 (CentOS 7 : kernel (CESA-2018:1062)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family CentOS Local Security Checks and running in the context local. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 236711 (Red Hat Update for kernel-rt (RHSA-2018:0676)).

Upgrading to version 4.2 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published 6 months after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (109380). The entries 106966, 110043, 110311 and 111673 are related to this item.

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VulDB Meta Base Score: 4.4
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 4.3

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Class: Denial of service
CWE: CWE-476
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Nessus ID: 109380
Nessus Name: CentOS 7 : kernel (CESA-2018:1062)
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: Kernel 4.2

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12/11/2019 +593 days 🔍

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Vendor: kernel.org

Advisory: git.kernel.org
Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-2017-15116 (🔍)
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Created: 12/01/2017 08:08 AM
Updated: 12/11/2019 03:44 PM
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