Linux Kernel 3.16.0/3.16.1 ISOFS Subsystem parse_rock_ridge_inode_internal input validation

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A vulnerability, which was classified as problematic, has been found in Linux Kernel 3.16.0/3.16.1 (Operating System). This issue affects the function parse_rock_ridge_inode_internal of the component ISOFS Subsystem. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a privilege escalation vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-20. Impacted is availability.

The issue has been introduced in 08/03/2014. The weakness was released 08/26/2014 with Google as confirmed mailinglist post (oss-sec). The advisory is shared at The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-2014-5472 since 08/26/2014. The exploitation is known to be easy. An attack has to be approached locally. No form of authentication is needed for a successful exploitation. Technical details are known, but no exploit is available.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 23 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $5k-$25k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 80088 (CentOS 6 : kernel (CESA-2014:1997)), 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 157011 (Oracle Enterprise Linux Security Update for Unbreakable Enterprise kernel (ELSA-2014-3106)).

Applying a patch is able to eliminate this problem. The bugfix is ready for download at

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at SecurityFocus (BID 69428), X-Force (95556), Vulnerability Center (SBV-45969) and Tenable (80088). is providing further details. Entry connected to this vulnerability is available at 70785.





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Class: Privilege escalation
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Nessus ID: 80088
Nessus Name: CentOS 6 : kernel (CESA-2014:1997)
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OpenVAS Name: Oracle Linux Local Check: ELSA-2015-0102
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Organization: Google
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2014-5472 (🔍)

SecurityFocus: 69428 - Linux Kernel 'ISOFS' Deadlock Local Denial of Service Vulnerability
X-Force: 95556 - Linux Kernel ISOFS denial of service, Medium Risk
Vulnerability Center: 45969 - Linux Kernel Through 3.16.1 Local DoS via a Crafted iso9660 Image - CVE-2014-5472, Medium

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Created: 08/29/2014 10:02 AM
Updated: 06/05/2017 10:45 AM
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