VDB-80975 · CVE-2016-0617 · BID 83112

Linux Kernel 4.3-rc1 fs/hugetlbfs/inode.c hugetlb_vmtruncate_list denial of service

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A vulnerability, which was classified as critical, has been found in Linux Kernel 4.3-rc1 (Operating System). This issue affects the function hugetlb_vmtruncate_list of the file fs/hugetlbfs/inode.c. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a denial of service vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-404. The product does not release or incorrectly releases a resource before it is made available for re-use. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was published 02/09/2016 by John Haxby as confirmed git commit (GIT Repository). It is possible to read the advisory at git.kernel.org. The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-2016-0617 since 12/08/2015. The exploitation is known to be easy. Attacking locally is a requirement. Required for exploitation is a simple authentication. Technical details of the vulnerability are known, but there is no available exploit. The attack technique deployed by this issue is T1499 according to MITRE ATT&CK.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 89570 (Fedora 23 : kernel-4.4.2-301.fc23 (2016-7e12ae5359)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Fedora Local Security Checks and running in the context l. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 124966 (Fedora Security Update for kernel (FEDORA-2016-9fbe2c258b)).

Applying a patch is able to eliminate this problem. The bugfix is ready for download at git.kernel.org. A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (89570). Similar entries are available at 87808 and 98135.







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Class: Denial of service
CWE: CWE-404
ATT&CK: T1499

Local: Yes
Remote: No

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Status: Not defined

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Nessus ID: 89570
Nessus Name: Fedora 23 : kernel-4.4.2-301.fc23 (2016-7e12ae5359)
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OpenVAS ID: 63376
OpenVAS Name: Oracle Linux Local Check: ELSA-2016-3529
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Patch: git.kernel.org


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Vendor: kernel.org

Advisory: FEDORA-2016-7e12ae5359
Researcher: John Haxby
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2016-0617 (🔍)
SecurityTracker: 1034968
Vulnerability Center: 56574 - Linux Kernel Local Code Execution due to Memory Corruption, Medium
SecurityFocus: 83112 - Linux Kernel 'hugetlb_vmtruncate_list()' Function Local Memory Corruption Vulnerability

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Created: 02/15/2016 01:13 PM
Updated: 07/08/2022 07:59 AM
Changes: 02/15/2016 01:13 PM (79), 08/22/2018 09:49 AM (13), 07/08/2022 07:59 AM (3)
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