Bug 1248486 (CVE-2015-4177) - CVE-2015-4177 kernel: Race conditions in collect_mounts
Summary: CVE-2015-4177 kernel: Race conditions in collect_mounts
Alias: CVE-2015-4177
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
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Keywords: Security
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Blocks: 1224245
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Reported: 2015-07-30 11:46 UTC by Wade Mealing
Modified: 2019-06-08 20:41 UTC (History)
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A flaw was discovered in the kernel's collect_mounts function. If the kernel's audit subsystem called collect_mounts to audit an unmounted path, it could panic the system. With this flaw, an unprivileged user could call umount(MNT_DETACH) to launch a denial-of-service attack.
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Last Closed: 2017-08-25 12:28:16 UTC

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Description Wade Mealing 2015-07-30 11:46:36 UTC
The audit subsystem can call collect_mounts, which if attempting to audit
a mountpoint which is no longer mounted can panic the system.

Upstream patch:

CVE Request:

Comment 4 Wade Mealing 2015-08-20 03:51:34 UTC

This issue does not affect the Linux kernels as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, 6, MRG-2, realtime and arm-kernels.

The issue is not currently planned to be addressed in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

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