Linux Kernel up to 4.0 on ARM64 HW PMU perf_event.c access control

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A vulnerability was found in Linux Kernel up to 4.0 on ARM64 (Operating System). It has been classified as critical. This affects an unknown code block of the file arch/arm64/kernel/perf_event.c of the component HW PMU. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a privilege escalation vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-264. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was disclosed 10/10/2016 with Google (Website). The advisory is shared at This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2015-8955 since 08/30/2016. The exploitability is told to be easy. An attack has to be approached locally. The requirement for exploitation is a authentication. It demands that the victim is doing some kind of user interaction. Technical details are known, but no exploit is available. MITRE ATT&CK project uses the attack technique T1068 for this issue.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 101928 (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS : linux vulnerabilities (USN-3360-1)), 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 196854 (Ubuntu Security Notification for Linux Vulnerabilities (USN-3360-1)).

Upgrading to version 4.1 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published 11 months after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (101928). The entries 90537, 93975, 93976 and 102372 are pretty similar.





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Class: Privilege escalation
CWE: CWE-264
ATT&CK: T1068

Local: Yes
Remote: No

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Nessus ID: 101928
Nessus Name: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS : linux vulnerabilities (USN-3360-1)
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OpenVAS ID: 841810
OpenVAS Name: Ubuntu Update for linux USN-3360-1
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Upgrade: Kernel 4.1


08/30/2016 🔍
10/03/2016 +34 days 🔍
10/10/2016 +7 days 🔍
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10/11/2016 +1 days 🔍
07/21/2017 +283 days 🔍
07/24/2017 +3 days 🔍
09/22/2022 +1886 days 🔍



Advisory: USN-3360-1
Organization: Google
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CVE: CVE-2015-8955 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 93314 - Linux Kernel CVE-2015-8955 Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

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Created: 10/11/2016 10:06 AM
Updated: 09/22/2022 05:48 PM
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