Linux Kernel access control

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A vulnerability classified as critical was found in Linux Kernel (Operating System). Affected by this vulnerability is an unknown function. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a access control vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-264. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

The robust futex implementation in the Linux kernel before 2.6.28 does not properly handle processes that make exec system calls, which allows local users to cause a denial of service or possibly gain privileges by writing to a memory location in a child process.

The issue has been introduced in 10/09/2008. The weakness was published 06/21/2012 with Red Hat Security Response Team (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at This vulnerability is known as CVE-2012-0028 since 12/07/2011. The exploitation appears to be easy. Attacking locally is a requirement. The exploitation doesn't need any form of authentication. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not publicly available. The pricing for an exploit might be around USD $0-$5k at the moment (estimation calculated on 12/05/2021). The attack technique deployed by this issue is T1068 according to MITRE ATT&CK.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 1351 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $5k-$25k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 57922 (CentOS 5 : kernel (CESA-2012:0107)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family CentOS Local Security Checks. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 216033 (VMWare ESX 4.1.0 Patch Release ESX410-201204001 Missing (KB2013057)).

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

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (73138), Vulnerability Center (SBV-34516) and Tenable (57922). Similar entries are available at 61076, 61074, 61073 and 61072.






  • open-source

CPE 2.3info

CPE 2.2info


VulDB Meta Base Score: 8.4
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 8.4

VulDB Base Score: 8.4
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Class: Access control
CWE: CWE-264
ATT&CK: T1068

Local: Yes
Remote: No

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Status: Not defined

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Nessus ID: 57922
Nessus Name: CentOS 5 : kernel (CESA-2012:0107)
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OpenVAS ID: 881207
OpenVAS Name: CentOS Update for kernel CESA-2012:0107 centos5
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Recommended: no mitigation known
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Patch: 8141c7f3e7aee618312fa1c15109e1219de784a7


10/09/2008 🔍
12/07/2011 +1154 days 🔍
01/04/2012 +28 days 🔍
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02/21/2012 +48 days 🔍
06/21/2012 +121 days 🔍
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03/23/2015 +1005 days 🔍
12/05/2021 +2449 days 🔍



Advisory: RHSA-2012:0107
Organization: Red Hat Security Response Team
Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2012-0028 (🔍)

X-Force: 73138
Vulnerability Center: 34516 - Linux Kernel exec() Robust List Pointers Local DoS Vulnerability, Medium
SecurityFocus: 51947 - Linux Kernel 'exec()' Local Denial of Service Vulnerability

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Created: 03/23/2015 04:50 PM
Updated: 12/05/2021 09:53 AM
Changes: 03/23/2015 04:50 PM (62), 04/09/2017 02:54 PM (14), 12/05/2021 09:52 AM (5), 12/05/2021 09:53 AM (2)
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