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Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2008-3528

Original release date: 09/27/2008
Last revised: 10/29/2012


The error-reporting functionality in (1) fs/ext2/dir.c, (2) fs/ext3/dir.c, and possibly (3) fs/ext4/dir.c in the Linux kernel does not limit the number of printk console messages that report directory corruption, which allows physically proximate attackers to cause a denial of service (temporary system hang) by mounting a filesystem that has corrupted dir->i_size and dir->i_blocks values and performing (a) read or (b) write operations. NOTE: there are limited scenarios in which this crosses privilege boundaries.


CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score: 2.1 LOW
Impact Subscore: 2.9
Exploitability Subscore: 3.9
CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector: Locally exploitable
Access Complexity: Low
Authentication: Not required to exploit
Impact Type: Allows disruption of service

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External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2009-0016.html
External Source: SUSE
Name: SUSE-SA:2008:057
External Source: SUSE
Name: SUSE-SA:2008:053
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=459577
External Source: UBUNTU
Name: USN-662-1
External Source: MANDRIVA
Name: MDVSA-2008:224
External Source: OVAL
Name: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:8642
External Source: MLIST
Name: [linux-kernel] 20080918 Re: [PATCH 4/4] ext3: Avoid printk floods in the face of directory corruption
External Source: MLIST
Name: [oss-security] 20080918 CVE-2008-3528 Linux kernel ext[234] directory corruption DoS
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://wiki.rpath.com/wiki/Advisories:rPSA-2008-0316
External Source: DEBIAN
Name: DSA-1681
External Source: XF
Name: kernel-errorreporting-dos(45720)
External Source: MLIST
Name: [linux-kernel] 20080913 [PATCH 3/4] ext2: Avoid printk floods in the face of directory corruption
External Source: SUSE
Name: SUSE-SA:2008:052
External Source: OVAL
Name: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:10852
External Source: REDHAT
Name: RHSA-2009:0326
External Source: DEBIAN
Name: DSA-1687
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2009-3316
Type: Advisory
External Source: BUGTRAQ
Name: 20081112 rPSA-2008-0316-1 kernel
External Source: REDHAT
Name: RHSA-2009:0009
External Source: MLIST
Name: [linux-kernel] 20080913 [PATCH 4/4] ext3: Avoid printk floods in the face of directory corruption
External Source: SUSE
Name: SUSE-SR:2008:025
External Source: SUSE
Name: SUSE-SA:2008:051
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://wiki.rpath.com/Advisories:rPSA-2008-0316
External Source: SUSE
Name: SUSE-SA:2008:056
External Source: REDHAT
Name: RHSA-2008:0972
External Source: BUGTRAQ
Name: 20091120 VMSA-2009-0016 VMware vCenter and ESX update release and vMA patch release address multiple security issue in third party components

References to Check Content

Identifier: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:10852
Check System: http://oval.mitre.org/XMLSchema/oval-definitions-5
Identifier: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:8642
Check System: http://oval.mitre.org/XMLSchema/oval-definitions-5

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