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vulnerability bulletin CVE-2016-5195

Linux kernel: privilege escalation via Copy On Write, Dirty COW

Synthesis of the vulnerability

A local attacker can generate a memory corruption via a Copy On Write on the Linux kernel, in order to trigger a denial of service, and possibly to run code.
Vulnerable software: SNS, Cisco ATA, Nexus by Cisco, NX-OS, Cisco Prime Access Registrar, Cisco Prime DCNM, Cisco CUCM, Debian, NetWorker, BIG-IP Hardware, TMOS, Fedora, Android OS, HP Operations, HP Switch, Junos Space, NSM Central Manager, NSMXpress, Linux, McAfee Email Gateway, openSUSE, openSUSE Leap, Oracle Communications, Palo Alto Firewall PA***, PAN-OS, HDX, RealPresence Resource Manager, Polycom VBP, RHEL, Slackware, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, SLES, Synology DSM, Synology DS***, Synology RS***, Ubuntu.
Severity of this announce: 2/4.
Consequences of an intrusion: administrator access/rights, privileged access/rights, data creation/edition.
Attacker's origin: user shell.
Creation date: 20/10/2016.
Références of this computer vulnerability: 1384344, 494072, c05341463, CERTFR-2016-AVI-353, CERTFR-2016-AVI-356, CERTFR-2016-AVI-357, CERTFR-2016-AVI-370, CERTFR-2017-AVI-001, CERTFR-2017-AVI-012, CERTFR-2017-AVI-022, cisco-sa-20161026-linux, cpujul2018, CVE-2016-5195, Dirty COW, DLA-670-1, DSA-3696-1, ESA-2016-170, FEDORA-2016-c3558808cd, FEDORA-2016-db4b75b352, HPESBGN03742, HPSBHF03682, JSA10770, JSA10774, K10558632, openSUSE-SU-2016:2583-1, openSUSE-SU-2016:2584-1, openSUSE-SU-2016:2625-1, openSUSE-SU-2016:2649-1, PAN-SA-2017-0003, PAN-SA-2017-0013, PAN-SA-2017-0014, PAN-SA-2017-0016, RHSA-2016:2098-01, RHSA-2016:2105-01, RHSA-2016:2106-01, RHSA-2016:2110-01, RHSA-2016:2118-01, RHSA-2016:2120-01, RHSA-2016:2124-01, RHSA-2016:2126-01, RHSA-2016:2127-01, RHSA-2016:2128-01, RHSA-2016:2132-01, RHSA-2016:2133-01, RHSA-2018:0180-01, SB10177, SB10178, SSA:2016-305-01, STORM-2016-006, SUSE-SU-2016:2585-1, SUSE-SU-2016:2592-1, SUSE-SU-2016:2593-1, SUSE-SU-2016:2596-1, SUSE-SU-2016:2614-1, SUSE-SU-2016:3069-1, SUSE-SU-2016:3304-1, USN-3104-1, USN-3104-2, USN-3105-1, USN-3105-2, USN-3106-1, USN-3106-2, USN-3106-3, USN-3106-4, USN-3107-1, USN-3107-2, VIGILANCE-VUL-20923, VU#243144.

Description of the vulnerability

The Linux kernel supports the Copy On Write operation, which is used to copy memory only when it is modified.

However, a local attacker can manipulate the memory, so the COW operation writes in Read Only memory.

A local attacker can therefore generate a memory corruption via a Copy On Write on the Linux kernel, in order to trigger a denial of service, and possibly to run code.
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