Linux Kernel 3.16.0/3.16.1 Whiteheat USB Driver command_port_read_callback WHITEHEAT_GET_DTR_RTS Response memory corruption

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A vulnerability was found in Linux Kernel 3.16.0/3.16.1 (Operating System). It has been declared as critical. This vulnerability affects the function command_port_read_callback of the component Whiteheat USB Driver. The manipulation as part of a WHITEHEAT_GET_DTR_RTS Response leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is 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. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The issue has been introduced in 08/03/2014. The weakness was shared 09/11/2014 by James Forshaw as confirmed mailinglist post (oss-sec). The advisory is available at This vulnerability was named CVE-2014-3185 since 05/03/2014. 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 vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 39 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $5k-$25k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 79201 (Oracle Linux 6 : kernel (ELSA-2014-1843)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Oracle Linux Local Security Checks. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 167678 (SUSE Enterprise Linux Security update for Linux kernel (SUSE-SU-2015:0652-1)).

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 X-Force (95931) and Tenable (79201). Additional details are provided at The entries 10840, 12213, 13142 and 67530 are related to this item.







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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Status: Unproven

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Nessus ID: 79201
Nessus Name: Oracle Linux 6 : kernel (ELSA-2014-1843)
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OpenVAS ID: 800345
OpenVAS Name: Oracle Linux Local Check: ELSA-2014-1971
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Patch: 6817ae225cd650fb1c3295d769298c38b1eba818


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Advisory: RHSA-2014:1843
Researcher: James Forshaw
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2014-3185 (🔍)

X-Force: 95931 - Linux Kernel whiteheat USB driver buffer overflow, High Risk
SecurityTracker: 1031199 - Linux Kernel Memory Corruption Flaw in USB command_port_read_callback() Lets Physically Local Users Gain Privileges or Deny Service
Vulnerability Center: 46285 - Linux Kernel before 3.16.2 Local Code Execution or DoS in command_port_read_callback Function, High
SecurityFocus: 69781 - Linux Kernel CVE-2014-3185 'whiteheat.c' Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

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Created: 09/12/2014 11:03 AM
Updated: 02/16/2022 01:28 AM
Changes: 09/12/2014 11:03 AM (85), 06/07/2017 11:10 AM (5), 02/16/2022 01:13 AM (5), 02/16/2022 01:20 AM (1), 02/16/2022 01:28 AM (2)
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