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Vulnerability of Linux kernel: NULL pointer dereference via drop_sysctl_table

Synthesis of the vulnerability

An attacker can force a NULL pointer to be dereferenced via drop_sysctl_table() of the Linux kernel, in order to trigger a denial of service.
Severity of this alert: 1/4.
Creation date: 30/12/2019.
Références of this alert: CERTFR-2020-AVI-029, CVE-2019-20054, SUSE-SU-2020:0093-1, VIGILANCE-VUL-31241.

Description of the vulnerability

An attacker can force a NULL pointer to be dereferenced via drop_sysctl_table() of the Linux kernel, in order to trigger a denial of service.
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This computer vulnerability bulletin impacts software or systems such as Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, SLES.

Our Vigil@nce team determined that the severity of this vulnerability bulletin is low.

The trust level is of type confirmed by the editor, with an origin of user shell.

An attacker with a expert ability can exploit this threat note.

Solutions for this threat

Linux kernel: version 5.0.11.
The version 5.0.11 is fixed:
  https://cdn.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v5.x/

Linux kernel: version 4.19.38.
The version 4.19.38 is fixed:
  https://cdn.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v4.x/

Linux kernel: version 4.14.115.
The version 4.14.115 is fixed:
  https://cdn.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v4.x/

Linux kernel: patch for drop_sysctl_table.
A patch is indicated in information sources.

SUSE LE 12 SP5: new kernel-azure packages.
New packages are available:
  SUSE LE 12 SP5: kernel-azure 4.12.14-16.7.1
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