Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 177312
CVE-2005-4618 sysctl overflow
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:07:09 EST
+++ 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)
Mark, I agree. This bug report should not have a "security" severity.
I recommend that you downgrade it to "normal" and dispose of the CVE name.
This bug is filed against RHEL 3, 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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