Bug 1950506 (CVE-2021-3493)

Summary: CVE-2021-3493 kernel: overlayfs file system caps privilege escalation
Product: [Other] Security Response Reporter: Pedro Sampaio <psampaio>
Component: vulnerabilityAssignee: Red Hat Product Security <security-response-team>
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Priority: medium    
Version: unspecifiedCC: acaringi, adscvr, airlied, alciregi, bdettelb, bhu, blc, bmasney, brdeoliv, bskeggs, chwhite, crwood, dhoward, dvlasenk, fhrbata, fpacheco, hdegoede, hkrzesin, jarodwilson, jeremy, jforbes, jglisse, jlelli, jonathan, josef, jshortt, jstancek, jwboyer, kcarcia, kernel-maint, kernel-mgr, lgoncalv, linville, masami256, mchehab, mlangsdo, nmurray, ptalbert, qzhao, rvrbovsk, steved, tomckay, walters, wcosta, williams, wmealing
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OS: Linux   
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A flaw was found in the Linux kernel. The overlayfs stacking file system does not properly validate the application of file capabilities against user namespaces. The highest threat from this vulnerability is to data confidentiality and integrity as well as system availability.
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Last Closed: 2021-04-28 07:18:25 UTC Type: ---
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Description Pedro Sampaio 2021-04-16 18:37:24 UTC
An independent security researcher reported  that the overlayfs stacking file system within the Linux kernel as used within Ubuntu did not properly validate the application of file capabilities against user namespaces.

This issue is not relevant to Red Hat Enterprise Linux kernels, as Ubuntu carries a patch to enable unprivileged overlayfs mounts. The combination of that patch and allowing unprivileged user namespaces by default in Ubuntu allows an unprivileged attacker to gain elevated privileges.