Linux Kernel 2.4 mxcsr denial of service

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A vulnerability classified as problematic was found in Linux Kernel 2.4 (Operating System). Affected by this vulnerability is an unknown function of the component mxcsr. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a denial of service vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-404. As an impact it is known to affect availability.

The bug was discovered 06/03/2003. The weakness was released 06/03/2003 by Andrea Arcangeli with Red Hat (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at This vulnerability is known as CVE-2003-0248 since 05/06/2003. Attacking locally is a requirement. The exploitation doesn't need any form of authentication. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not publicly available. The attack technique deployed by this issue is T1499 according to MITRE ATT&CK.

We expect the 0-day to have been worth approximately $0-$5k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 15148 (Debian DSA-311-1 : linux-kernel-2.4.18 - several vulnerabilities), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Debian Local Security Checks and running in the context local.

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability. Applying a patch is able to eliminate this problem. The bugfix is ready for download at The best possible mitigation is suggested to be upgrading to the latest version. A possible mitigation has been published 5 days after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (12159), Vulnerability Center (SBV-5593) and Tenable (15148). Entries connected to this vulnerability are available at 90, 89, 20519 and 20520.





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VulDB Meta Base Score: 5.1
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 4.9

VulDB Base Score: 5.1
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Class: Denial of service
CWE: CWE-404
ATT&CK: T1499

Local: Yes
Remote: No

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Nessus ID: 15148
Nessus Name: Debian DSA-311-1 : linux-kernel-2.4.18 - several vulnerabilities
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OpenVAS ID: 53694
OpenVAS Name: Debian Security Advisory DSA 311-1 (kernel)
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Researcher: Andrea Arcangeli
Organization: Red Hat
Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-2003-0248 (🔍)

X-Force: 12159
Vulnerability Center: 5593 - DoS in Linux Kernel via Malformed Address that Modifies CPU State Registers, Medium
SecurityFocus: 7793 - Linux Kernel FPU/SSE Environment Restoration MXCSR Register Corruption Vulnerability
OSVDB: 4456 - Red Hat Linux Kernel, Attacks due to MXCSR Kernel Code Weakness

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Created: 06/03/2003 02:00 AM
Updated: 06/25/2019 08:47 PM
Changes: (4) vulnerability_discoverydate countermeasure_date source_osvdb source_osvdb_title
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