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Re: CVE request -- Linux kernel: mm/hotplug: failure in propagating hot-added memory to other nodes
From: Petr Matousek <pmatouse () redhat com>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2012 16:36:23 +0100

On Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 04:21:19PM +0100, Marcus Meissner wrote:
On Sun, Nov 11, 2012 at 12:19:13AM -0700, Kurt Seifried wrote:
On 11/10/2012 02:36 PM, Petr Matousek wrote:
A NULL pointer dereference flaw has been found in the way a new
node's hot-added memory is propagated to other nodes zonelists. An
unprivileged local user can use this flaw to crash the system.

Upstream fix: 

 References: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=875374


Please use CVE-2012-5517 for this issue.

Our Mel Gorman wonders how this is a security issue.

A local attacker would need to wait for the administrator to hot-add
memory, which seems unlikely on first thought?

Yes, it is unlikely, but not impossible. This unlikely condition
is reflected in the CVSSv2 [1] score -- AC:H -- which Red Hat uses to
rate the severity of the security issues and also reflected in the
impact rating [2].

  [1] http://www.first.org/cvss/cvss-guide.html
  [2] https://access.redhat.com/security/updates/classification/

Petr Matousek / Red Hat Security Response Team

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