Linux Kernel Refcount Reference Count Overflow Vulnerability [CVE-2019-11487]

CVE Number – CVE-2019-11487

A vulnerability in the Linux Kernel could allow a local attacker to cause a denial of service (DoS) condition on a targeted system.

The vulnerability is related to the fs/fuse/dev.cfs/pipe.cfs/splice.cinclude/linux/mm.hinclude/linux/pipe_fs_i.hkernel/trace/trace.cmm/gup.c, and mm/hugetlb.c source code files of the affected software, and is due to a page->_refcount reference count overflow condition that could occur when a FUSE request is made on an affected system with about 140 GB of RAM. An attacker could exploit the vulnerability by accessing the system and executing an application that submits a FUSE request to the affected software. A successful exploit could trigger a page->_refcountreference count overflow condition that causes the software to crash, resulting in a DoS condition.Proof-of-concept (PoC) code that demonstrates an exploit of this vulnerability is publicly available.Kernel.org has confirmed the vulnerability and released software updates.

Analysis

  • To exploit this vulnerability, the attacker must have user-level access to the targeted system. This access requirement could reduce the likelihood of a successful exploit.

Safeguards

  • Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.

    Administrators are advised to allow only trusted users to access local systems.

    Administrators are advised to allow only privileged users to access administration or management systems.

    Administrators are advised to monitor critical systems.

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Duncan Newell

Duncan is a technology professional with over 20 years experience of working in various IT roles. He has a interest in cyber security, and has a wide range of other skills in radio, electronics and telecommunications.

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