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CVE-2007-6417 Detail

Current Description

The shmem_getpage function (mm/shmem.c) in Linux kernel 2.6.11 through 2.6.23 does not properly clear allocated memory in some rare circumstances related to tmpfs, which might allow local users to read sensitive kernel data or cause a denial of service (crash).

Source:  MITRE      Last Modified:  12/17/2007      View Analysis Description

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CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score:
7.2 HIGH
(AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C) (legend)
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CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector:
Locally exploitable
Access Complexity:
Not required to exploit
Impact Type:
Provides administrator access, Allows complete confidentiality, integrity, and availability violation; Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; Allows disruption of service

Vendor Statements (disclaimer)

Official Statement from Red Hat (01/15/2009)

This issue did not affect the versions of Linux kernel as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1, 3, 4, and Red Hat Enterprise MRG. It was addressed in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 via:

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Hyperlink Resource Type Source Name External Source SUSE SUSE-SA:2008:006 External Source MLIST [linux-kernel] 20071128 [PATCH] tmpfs: restore missing clear_highpage External Source MLIST [linux-kernel] 20071212 Re: [PATCH] tmpfs: restore missing clear_highpage External Source MLIST [linux-kernel] 20071215 Re: [PATCH] tmpfs: restore missing clear_highpage External Source DEBIAN DSA-1436 External Source MANDRIVA MDVSA-2008:086 External Source MANDRIVA MDVSA-2008:112 External Source REDHAT RHSA-2008:0885 External Source BID 27694 External Source UBUNTU USN-574-1 External Source UBUNTU USN-578-1 External Source OVAL oval:org.mitre.oval:def:8920

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Technical Details

Vulnerability Type (View All)

  • Information Leak / Disclosure (CWE-200)
  • Resource Management Errors (CWE-399)

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