Linux Kernel Memory Resource Controller resource management

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A vulnerability has been found in Linux Kernel (Operating System) (the affected version unknown) and classified as problematic. Affected by this vulnerability is an unknown part of the component Memory Resource Controller. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a resource management vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-399. As an impact it is known to affect availability.

The bug was discovered 04/19/2015. The weakness was presented 02/09/2018 by Petr Matousek (Website). The advisory is shared at This vulnerability is known as CVE-2014-8171 since 10/10/2014. An attack has to be approached locally. A single authentication is necessary for exploitation. Neither technical details nor an exploit are publicly available.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 8 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $0-$5k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 83108 (OracleVM 3.3 : kernel-uek (OVMSA-2015-0056)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family OracleVM Local Security Checks and running in the context l. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 155221 (Oracle Enterprise Linux Security Update for Unbreakable Enterprise kernel (ELSA-2015-3032)).

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published even before and not after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (83108). See 68498, 69605 and 91440 for similar entries.






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Class: Resource management
CWE: CWE-399 / CWE-404
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: Yes
Remote: No

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Nessus ID: 83108
Nessus Name: OracleVM 3.3 : kernel-uek (OVMSA-2015-0056)
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OpenVAS ID: 80056
OpenVAS Name: Oracle Linux Local Check: ELSA-2015-3032
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Recommended: Upgrade
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10/10/2014 🔍
04/19/2015 +191 days 🔍
04/22/2015 +3 days 🔍
04/27/2015 +5 days 🔍
04/28/2015 +1 days 🔍
02/09/2018 +1018 days 🔍
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02/10/2018 +1 days 🔍
02/06/2023 +1822 days 🔍



Advisory: RHSA-2015:0864
Researcher: Petr Matousek
Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2014-8171 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 74293 - Linux Kernel CVE-2014-8171 Denial of Service Vulnerability

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Created: 02/10/2018 09:00 AM
Updated: 02/06/2023 09:15 AM
Changes: 02/10/2018 09:00 AM (77), 01/03/2020 11:27 AM (3), 02/06/2023 09:12 AM (4), 02/06/2023 09:15 AM (1)
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