Linux Kernel up to 4.8.14 crypto/mcryptd.c null pointer dereference

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A vulnerability, which was classified as problematic, was found in Linux Kernel up to 4.8.14 (Operating System). Affected is an unknown function of the file crypto/mcryptd.c. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a null pointer dereference vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-476. A NULL pointer dereference occurs when the application dereferences a pointer that it expects to be valid, but is NULL, typically causing a crash or exit. This is going to have an impact on availability.

The bug was discovered 01/18/2017. The weakness was released 01/18/2017 (Website). The advisory is available at This vulnerability is traded as CVE-2016-10147 since 01/18/2017. Local access is required to approach this attack. The successful exploitation requires a authentication. Technical details are known, but there is no available exploit.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 97016 (Ubuntu 16.04 LTS : linux, linux-raspi2, linux-snapdragon vulnerabilities (USN-3189-1)), 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 169749 (OpenSuSE Security Update for the Linux Kernel (openSUSE-SU-2017:0458-1)).

Upgrading to version 4.8.15 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published 3 weeks after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (97016).






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Class: Null pointer dereference
CWE: CWE-476 / CWE-404
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: Yes
Remote: No

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Nessus ID: 97016
Nessus Name: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS : linux, linux-raspi2, linux-snapdragon vulnerabilities (USN-3189-1)
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OpenVAS ID: 871165
OpenVAS Name: RedHat Update for kernel RHSA-2017:1842-01
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Upgrade: Kernel 4.8.15


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Advisory: USN-3189-1
Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2016-10147 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 95677 - Linux Kernel 'crypto/mcryptd.c' Denial of Service Vulnerability
OSVDB: - CVE-2016-10147 - Linux - Denial of Service Issue


Created: 01/19/2017 09:38 AM
Updated: 11/01/2022 10:11 AM
Changes: 01/19/2017 09:38 AM (75), 07/24/2020 12:51 PM (7), 11/01/2022 10:05 AM (4), 11/01/2022 10:11 AM (1)
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