Bug 1311517 (CVE-2016-2550) - CVE-2016-2550 kernel: incorrectly accounted in-flight fds
Summary: CVE-2016-2550 kernel: incorrectly accounted in-flight fds
Alias: CVE-2016-2550
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
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Depends On: 1297403 1303587 1303592 1303594 1311518 1313052
Blocks: 1311525
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2016-02-24 12:00 UTC by Andrej Nemec
Modified: 2021-02-17 04:18 UTC (History)
31 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
A resource-exhaustion vulnerability was found in the kernel, where an unprivileged process could allocate and accumulate far more file descriptors than the process' limit. A local, unauthenticated user could exploit this flaw by sending file descriptors over a Unix socket and then closing them to keep the process' fd count low, thereby creating kernel-memory or file-descriptors exhaustion (denial of service).
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Last Closed: 2019-06-08 02:48:48 UTC

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Description Andrej Nemec 2016-02-24 12:00:46 UTC
The fix for CVE-2013-4312 incorrectly accounted the
number of in-flight fds over a unix domain socket to the original
opener of the file-descriptor. This allows another process to
arbitrary deplete the original file-openers resource limit for the
maximum of open files.

CVE-ID request and assignment:


Upstream patch:


Commit, which introduced the issue (it was addressing CVE-2013-4312):


Comment 1 Andrej Nemec 2016-02-24 12:01:31 UTC
Created kernel tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1311518]

Comment 4 Vladis Dronov 2016-02-29 20:15:30 UTC

This issue affects the Linux kernel packages as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. This has been rated as having Moderate security impact and is not currently planned to be addressed in future updates. For additional information, refer to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Life Cycle: https://access.redhat.com/support/policy/updates/errata/.

This issue does not affect the Linux kernel packages as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, 7 and MRG-2.

Comment 5 Fedora Update System 2016-03-02 21:22:06 UTC
kernel-4.4.3-300.fc23 has been pushed to the Fedora 23 stable repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

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