The mm_init function in kernel/fork.c in the Linux kernel before 4.12.10 does not clear the ->exe_file member of a new process's mm_struct, allowing a local attacker to achieve a use-after-free condition and to induce a kernel memory corruption on the system, leading to a crash or possibly have unspecified other impact by running a specially crafted program. Due to the nature of the flaw, privilege escalation cannot be fully ruled out, although we believe it is unlikely.
Created kernel tracking bugs for this issue:
Affects: fedora-all [bug 1518642]
Fedora hasn't supported a 4.12.x kernel in quite some time. Current kernels are 4.13.16 across all supported releases.
What is Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 for ARM 64,
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 for Power 9 LE
The kernel package as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 for ARM 64 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 for Power 9 LE is an updated kernel intended to support new architectures not available at the time of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 original shipping. The new kernel version is based on an upstream Linux kernel version 4.11. The offering is distributed with other updated packages, but most of the userspace is the standard Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Server RPM files.
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This issue does not affect the versions of the Linux kernel as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, 6, and 7, its real-time kernel, Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2, as the code with the flaw is not present in the products listed.
This issue affects the versions of the Linux kernel as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 for ARM 64 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 for Power 9 LE. Future updates for the respective releases may address this issue.