Linux Kernel up to 3.1.10 memory corruption

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A vulnerability, which was classified as problematic, has been found in Linux Kernel up to 3.1.10 (Operating System). Affected by this issue is an unknown functionality. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to 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. Impacted is availability. CVE summarizes:

fs/proc/root.c in the procfs implementation in the Linux kernel before 3.2 does not properly interact with CLONE_NEWPID clone system calls, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (reference leak and memory consumption) by making many connections to a daemon that uses PID namespaces to isolate clients, as demonstrated by vsftpd.

The weakness was released 06/21/2012 (Website). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability is handled as CVE-2012-2127 since 04/04/2012. The exploitation is known to be easy. The attack may be launched remotely. No form of authentication is required for exploitation. There are neither technical details nor an exploit publicly available. The current price for an exploit might be approx. USD $0-$5k (estimation calculated on 12/05/2021).

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 64174 (SuSE 11.2 Security Update : Linux Kernel (SAT Patch Numbers 6338 / 6345 / 6349)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family SuSE Local Security Checks. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 195298 (Ubuntu Security Notification for Linux Vulnerabilities (USN-1607-1)).

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 (76628) and Tenable (64174).







CPE 2.3info

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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119

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Remote: Yes

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Nessus ID: 64174
Nessus Name: SuSE 11.2 Security Update : Linux Kernel (SAT Patch Numbers 6338 / 6345 / 6349)
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OpenVAS ID: 841175
OpenVAS Name: Ubuntu Update for linux-lts-backport-oneiric USN-1594-1
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Patch: 905ad269c55fc62bee3da29f7b1d1efeba8aa1e1


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Advisory: usn-1607-1
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CVE: CVE-2012-2127 (🔍)

X-Force: 76628
Vulnerability Center: 36340 - Linux Kernel < 3.2 Remote DoS due to Improper Interaction between root.c and CLONE_NEWPID, High
SecurityFocus: 55774 - Linux Kernel 'fs/proc/root.c' Remote Denial of Service Vulnerability


Created: 03/23/2015 04:50 PM
Updated: 12/05/2021 09:59 AM
Changes: 03/23/2015 04:50 PM (61), 04/17/2017 11:48 AM (11), 12/05/2021 09:55 AM (5), 12/05/2021 09:58 AM (1), 12/05/2021 09:59 AM (1)
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