Bug 1760441 (CVE-2019-16234) - CVE-2019-16234 kernel: null pointer dereference in drivers/net/wireless/intel/iwlwifi/pcie/trans.c
Summary: CVE-2019-16234 kernel: null pointer dereference in drivers/net/wireless/intel...
Alias: CVE-2019-16234
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: 1760442
Blocks: 1760443
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Reported: 2019-10-10 14:38 UTC by Guilherme de Almeida Suckevicz
Modified: 2021-02-16 21:17 UTC (History)
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A flaw was found in the Linux kernel. A check was not done on the alloc_workqueue return value of the iwl_trans_pcie_alloc function potentially leading to a NULL pointer dereference. This error condition could lead to a denial of service. The highest threat from this vulnerability is to system availability.
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Last Closed: 2020-04-30 17:10:15 UTC

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Description Guilherme de Almeida Suckevicz 2019-10-10 14:38:48 UTC
drivers/net/wireless/intel/iwlwifi/pcie/trans.c in the Linux kernel 5.2.14 does not check the alloc_workqueue return value, leading to a NULL pointer dereference.


Comment 1 Guilherme de Almeida Suckevicz 2019-10-10 14:39:11 UTC
Created kernel tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1760442]

Comment 2 Justin M. Forbes 2020-03-19 21:46:34 UTC
This was fixed for Fedora with the 5.4 kernel rebases.

Comment 4 Petr Matousek 2020-04-30 17:07:07 UTC

This issue is rated as having Low impact because of the preconditions needed to trigger the error/resource cleanup code path (system-wide out-of-memory condition, high privileges or physical access). The attacker would have to be able to induce system-wide out-of-memory condition which itself could be seen as a local denial of service. It could be argued that having such privileges has the same impact as the flaw itself.

Comment 5 Petr Matousek 2020-04-30 17:07:11 UTC

Mitigation for this issue is either not available or the currently available options don't meet the Red Hat Product Security criteria comprising ease of use and deployment, applicability to widespread installation base or stability.

Comment 6 Eric Christensen 2020-05-04 18:05:58 UTC
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