Linux kernel O_DIRECT information leak

linux-odirect-information-leak (11249) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk

Description:

Linux kernel fails to properly handle the O_DIRECT feature, which could result in an information leak. A local attacker with write privileges on the system could exploit this vulnerability to read portions of previously deleted files, and possibly corrupt the file system.


Consequences:

Obtain Information

Remedy:

For Red Hat Linux:
Upgrade to the latest kernel package, as listed below. Refer to RHSA-2003:025-20 for more information. See References.

Red Hat 7.1, 7.2, and 7.3: 2.4.18-24.7.x or later
Red Hat 8.0: 2.4.18-24.8.0 or later

For Mandrake Linux:
Upgrade to the latest kernel package, as listed below. Refer to MandrakeSoft Security Advisory MDKSA-2003:014:kernel for more information. See References.

Mandrake Linux 9.0: 2.4.19.24mdk-1-1mdk or later

For Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (woody) containing the kernel package:
Upgrade to the latest kernel package (2.4.18-1 or later), as listed in DSA-358-4. See References.

For Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (woody) containing the kernel-image-2.4.17-ia64 package:
Upgrade to the latest kernel-image-2.4.17-ia64 package (011226.15 or later), as listed in DSA-423-1. See References.

For other distributions:
Contact your vendor for upgrade or patch information.

References:

  • CIAC Information Bulletin O-059: Debian Linux-Kernel-2.4.14-ia64 Vulnerabilities.
  • BID-6763: Linux O_DIRECT Direct Input/Output Information Leak Vulnerability
  • CVE-2003-0018: Linux kernel 2.4.10 through 2.4.21-pre4 does not properly handle the O_DIRECT feature, which allows local attackers with write privileges to read portions of previously deleted files, or cause file system corruption.
  • DSA-358: linux-kernel-2.4.18 -- several vulnerabilities
  • DSA-423: linux-kernel-2.4.17-ia64 -- several vulnerabilities
  • MDKSA-2003:014: Updated kernel packages fix a number of bugs
  • OSVDB ID: 28024: Linux Kernel O_DIRECT Multiple Race Condition Local Information Disclosure
  • OSVDB ID: 4457: Linux Kernel O_DIRECT Deleted File Retrieval or File System Corruption
  • RHSA-2003-025: Updated 2.4 kernel fixes various vulnerabilities

Platforms Affected:

  • Debian Debian Linux 3.0
  • Linux Kernel 2.4.10
  • Linux Kernel 2.4.11
  • Linux Kernel 2.4.12
  • Linux Kernel 2.4.13
  • Linux Kernel 2.4.14
  • Linux Kernel 2.4.15
  • Linux Kernel 2.4.16
  • Linux Kernel 2.4.17
  • Linux Kernel 2.4.18
  • Linux Kernel 2.4.19
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 9.0
  • RedHat Linux 7.1
  • RedHat Linux 7.2
  • RedHat Linux 7.3
  • RedHat Linux 8.0

Reported:

Feb 03, 2003

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