Bug 177313

Summary: CVE-2005-4618 sysctl overflow
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 Reporter: Mark J. Cox <mjc>
Component: kernelAssignee: Don Howard <dhoward>
Status: CLOSED WONTFIX QA Contact: Brian Brock <bbrock>
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Hardware: i386   
OS: Linux   
Whiteboard: reported=20051231,source=lkml,impact=none,public=20051231
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Last Closed: 2007-10-19 19:20:04 UTC Type: ---
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Description Mark J. Cox 2006-01-09 15:52:22 UTC
+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #177311 +++

CVE defines CVE-2005-4618 as:
"Buffer overflow in sysctl in the Linux Kernel 2.6 before 2.6.15 allows local
users to cause a denial of service and possibly execute arbitrary code via a
long string, which causes sysctl to write a zero byte outside the buffer."

This is fixed by

I can't see a useful attack vector here, writing a character to one spot after a
userland buffer seems to me likely at the worst to crash your userland program,
and not cause a DoS or privilege escalation.  So we have marked this severity
low but this could equally be severity none (kernel maintainers please let us
know what you think after analysis)

Comment 1 RHEL Product and Program Management 2007-10-19 19:20:04 UTC
This bug is filed against RHEL2.1, which is in maintenance phase.
During the maintenance phase, only security errata and select mission
critical bug fixes will be released for enterprise products.  Since
this bug does not meet that criteria, it is now being closed.

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If you feel this bug is indeed mission critical, please contact your
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information on how this bug is affecting you.