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Category:   OS (Linux)  >   Linux Kernel Vendors:
Linux Kernel AMD restore_fpu_checking() Bug Lets Local Users Deny Service or Potentially Obtain Root Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1029592
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2014-1438   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Jan 28 2014
Original Entry Date:  Jan 13 2014
Impact:   Denial of service via local system, Root access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  Exploit Included:  Yes  

Description:   A vulnerability was reported in the Linux Kernel. A local user can cause denial of service conditions. A local user may be able to obtain root privileges.

A local user can trigger a floating point exception in restore_fpu_checking() and kill individual tasks or cause the target system to crash.

AMD-based systems are affected.

On some systems, it may be possible for a local user to obtain root privileges.

The original advisory and a demonstration exploit is available at:

halfdog reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user can cause the target system to crash.

A local user may be able to obtain root privileges.

Solution:   The vendor has issued a source code fix, available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Exception handling error

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Date:  Sat, 28 Dec 2013 22:07:24 +0000
Subject:  [Full-disclosure] vm86 syscall kernel-panic and some more goodies waiting to be analyzed

Hash: SHA1

It seems that at least on 32-bit Debian-sid kernel in VirtualBox
guest, [1] triggers a kernel-panic. This simple POC does not allow
privilege escalation although there might be also some time-race
component involved, sometimes similar code seems to access
uninitialized memory or triggers NULL-dereferences. Therefore the
simple POC code could be extended for more extensive testing. See [2]
for more information.



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