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Category:   OS (Linux)  >   Linux Kernel Vendors:   kernel.org
(Ubuntu Issues Fix) Linux Kernel Copy-on-Write Memory Management Race Condition Lets Local Users Obtain Elevated Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1037082
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1037082
CVE Reference:   CVE-2016-5195   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Oct 22 2016
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via local system, Root access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): Ubuntu 16.10
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in the Linux kernel. A local user can obtain root privileges on the target system.

A local user can a race condition in the kernel memory subsystem in the management of copy-on-write operations on read-only memory mappings to overwrite kernel memory and gain kernel-level privileges.

This vulnerability is being actively exploited.

Some demonstration exploit code is listed at:

https://github.com/dirtycow/dirtycow.github.io/wiki/PoCs

Impact:   A local user can obtain root privileges on the target system.
Solution:   Ubuntu has issued a fix.

The Ubuntu advisory is available at:

http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-3107-1

Vendor URL:  www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-3107-1 (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error, State error

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