Linux Kernel up to 5.5.3 Journal Size fs/ext4/block_validity.c resource consumption

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A vulnerability classified as problematic was found in Linux Kernel up to 5.5.3 (Operating System). This vulnerability affects an unknown part of the file fs/ext4/block_validity.c of the component Journal Size Handler. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a denial of service vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-400. As an impact it is known to affect availability. CVE summarizes:

ext4_protect_reserved_inode in fs/ext4/block_validity.c in the Linux kernel through 5.5.3 allows attackers to cause a denial of service (soft lockup) via a crafted journal size.

The weakness was disclosed 02/14/2020. This vulnerability was named CVE-2020-8992 since 02/14/2020. The exploitation appears to be easy. Local access is required to approach this attack. No form of authentication is required for a successful exploitation. Technical details are known, but there is no available exploit. The structure of the vulnerability defines a possible price range of USD $0-$5k at the moment (estimation calculated on 02/14/2020). This vulnerability is assigned to T1499 by the MITRE ATT&CK project.

There is no information about possible countermeasures known. It may be suggested to replace the affected object with an alternative product.





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VulDB Meta Base Score: 4.4
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Class: Denial of service
CWE: CWE-400
ATT&CK: T1499

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CVE: CVE-2020-8992 (🔍)


Created: 02/14/2020 09:55 AM
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