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Category:   OS (Linux)  >   Linux Kernel Vendors:   kernel.org
Linux Kernel AMD64 PTrace Bug Lets Local Users Deny Service
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1020047
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1020047
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-1615   (Links to External Site)
Date:  May 20 2008
Impact:   Denial of service via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 2.6.18
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in the Linux Kernel. A local user can cause denial of service conditions.

A local user can invoke the process-trace capability to cause the kernel to crash.

Impact:   A local user can cause the target system to crash.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a source code fix.
Vendor URL:  www.kernel.org/ (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Not specified
Underlying OS:  

Message History:   This archive entry has one or more follow-up message(s) listed below.
May 20 2008 (Red Hat Issues Fix) Linux Kernel AMD64 PTrace Bug Lets Local Users Deny Service   (bugzilla@redhat.com)
Red Hat has released a fix for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.
Aug 27 2008 (Red Hat Issues Fix) Linux Kernel AMD64 PTrace Bug Lets Local Users Deny Service   (bugzilla@redhat.com)
Red Hat has released a fix for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.



 Source Message Contents

Date:  Tue, 20 May 2008 06:10:28 -0400
Subject:  Linux Kernel


Red Hat wrote:

* on AMD64 architectures, the possibility of a kernel crash was discovered
by testing the Linux kernel process-trace ability. This could allow a local
unprivileged user to cause a denial of service (kernel crash).
(CVE-2008-1615, Important)
 
 


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