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CVE-2016-2550

Published: 24 February 2016

The Linux kernel before 4.5 allows local users to bypass file-descriptor limits and cause a denial of service (memory consumption) by leveraging incorrect tracking of descriptor ownership and sending each descriptor over a UNIX socket before closing it. NOTE: this vulnerability exists because of an incorrect fix for CVE-2013-4312.

From the Ubuntu Security Team

David Herrmann discovered that the Linux kernel incorrectly accounted file descriptors to the original opener for in-flight file descriptors sent over a unix domain socket. A local attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (resource exhaustion).

Notes

AuthorNote
jdstrand
android kernels (flo, goldfish, grouper, maguro, mako and manta) are
not supported on the Ubuntu Touch 14.10 and earlier preview kernels
linux-lts-saucy no longer receives official support
linux-lts-quantal no longer receives official support
Priority

Medium

CVSS 3 base score: 5.5

Status

Package Release Status
linux
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Not vulnerable
(3.2.0-102.142)
trusty
Released (3.13.0-85.129)
upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
vivid
Released (3.19.0-58.64)
wily
Released (4.2.0-35.40)
xenial Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-11.26)
yakkety Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-21.37)
Patches:
Introduced by

712f4aad406bb1ed67f3f98d04c044191f0ff593

Fixed by 415e3d3e90ce9e18727e8843ae343eda5a58fad6
linux-armadaxp
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Not vulnerable
(3.2.0-1665.90)
trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

This package is not directly supported by the Ubuntu Security Team
linux-aws
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Does not exist

trusty Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-1002.2)
upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
xenial Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-1001.10)
yakkety Does not exist

linux-flo
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist
(trusty was ignored)
upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
vivid Not vulnerable

wily Not vulnerable

xenial Not vulnerable

yakkety Not vulnerable

linux-gke
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
xenial Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-1003.3)
yakkety Does not exist

linux-goldfish
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist
(trusty was ignored)
upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
vivid Not vulnerable

wily Not vulnerable

xenial Not vulnerable

yakkety Not vulnerable

linux-grouper
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist
(trusty was ignored)
upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

linux-hwe
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
xenial Not vulnerable
(4.8.0-36.36~16.04.1)
yakkety Does not exist

linux-hwe-edge
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
xenial Not vulnerable
(4.8.0-36.36~16.04.1)
yakkety Does not exist

linux-linaro-omap
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Ignored
(abandoned)
trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

linux-linaro-shared
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Ignored
(abandoned)
trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

linux-linaro-vexpress
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Ignored
(abandoned)
trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

linux-lts-quantal
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Ignored
(end-of-life)
trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

This package is not directly supported by the Ubuntu Security Team
linux-lts-raring
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Ignored
(end-of-life)
trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

linux-lts-saucy
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Ignored
(end-of-life)
trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

This package is not directly supported by the Ubuntu Security Team
linux-lts-trusty
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise
Released (3.13.0-85.129~precise1)
trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

linux-lts-utopic
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist
(trusty was released [3.16.0-69.89~14.04.1])
upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

linux-lts-vivid
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist
(trusty was released [3.19.0-58.64~14.04.1])
upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

linux-lts-wily
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist
(trusty was released [4.2.0-35.40~14.04.1])
upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

linux-lts-xenial
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Does not exist

trusty Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-13.29~14.04.1)
upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

linux-maguro
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist
(trusty was ignored)
upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

linux-mako
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist
(trusty was ignored)
upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
vivid Not vulnerable

wily Not vulnerable

xenial Not vulnerable

yakkety Not vulnerable

linux-manta
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist
(trusty was ignored)
upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
vivid Not vulnerable

wily Not vulnerable

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

linux-qcm-msm
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Ignored
(abandoned)
trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist

linux-raspi2
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
vivid Does not exist

wily
Released (4.2.0-1028.36)
xenial Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-1004.5)
yakkety Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-1009.10)
linux-snapdragon
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Does not exist

trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
wily Does not exist

xenial Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-1012.12)
yakkety Not vulnerable
(4.4.0-1012.12)
linux-ti-omap4
Launchpad, Ubuntu, Debian
precise Not vulnerable
(3.2.0-1480.106)
trusty Does not exist

upstream
Released (4.5~rc4)
vivid Does not exist

wily Does not exist

xenial Does not exist

yakkety Does not exist