Linux Kernel AIO Interface fs/aio.c integer overflow

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A vulnerability classified as critical has been found in Linux Kernel (Operating System) (the affected version unknown). This affects some unknown functionality of the file fs/aio.c of the component AIO Interface. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-190. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was presented 03/01/2016 as confirmed mailinglist post (oss-sec). The advisory is shared at This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2015-8830 since 03/01/2016. The exploitability is told to be easy. It is possible to initiate the attack remotely. No form of authentication is needed for exploitation. Technical details are known, but no exploit is available. The reason for this vulnerability is this part of code:

static ssize_t aio_setup_single_vector(struct kiocb *kiocb)

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 91090 (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS : linux-lts-utopic vulnerabilities (USN-2969-1)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Ubuntu Local Security Checks and running in the context local. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 157849 (Oracle Enterprise Linux Security Update for kernel (ELSA-2018-3083)).

Applying a patch is able to eliminate this problem. The bugfix is ready for download at A possible mitigation has been published 3 months after the disclosure of the vulnerability. The vulnerability will be addressed with the following lines of code:

static ssize_t aio_setup_single_vector(int type, struct file * file, struct kiocb *kiocb)

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at SecurityFocus (BID 103960), X-Force (111186) and Tenable (91090). See 81152, 81363, 81364 and 81365 for similar entries.





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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-190
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Status: Unproven

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Nessus ID: 91090
Nessus Name: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS : linux-lts-utopic vulnerabilities (USN-2969-1)
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OpenVAS ID: 703503
OpenVAS Name: Debian Security Advisory DSA 3503-1 (linux - security update)
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CVE: CVE-2015-8830 (🔍)

SecurityFocus: 103960
X-Force: 111186 - Linux Kernel AIO interface integer overflow

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Created: 03/03/2016 10:53 AM
Updated: 09/21/2018 08:54 AM
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