Linux Kernel tun_chr_poll() code execution
|linux-kernel-tunchrpoll-code-execution (51803)||High Risk|
Linux Kernel could allow a local attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system, caused by a NULL pointer dereference in the tun_chr_poll() function. If the kernel was compiled with GCC's "-fdelete-null-pointer-checks" optimization, an attacker could open and poll a tun device to execute arbitrary code on the system with root privileges or cause the system to crash.
Apply the patch for this vulnerability, available from the Linux Kernel GIT Repository. See References.
- Linux Kernel GIT Repository: tun/tap: Fix crashes if open() /dev/net/tun and then poll() it.
- BID-35724: Linux Kernel 'tun_chr_pool()' NULL Pointer Dereference Vulnerability
- CVE-2009-1897: The tun_chr_poll function in drivers/net/tun.c in the tun subsystem in the Linux kernel 2.6.30 and 18.104.22.168, when the -fno-delete-null-pointer-checks gcc option is omitted, allows local users to gain privileges via vectors involving a NULL pointer dereference and an mmap of /dev/net/tun, a different vulnerability than CVE-2009-1894.
- SA35839: Linux Kernel "tun_char_poll()" NULL Pointer Dereference
- Linux Kernel 2.6.30
Jul 06, 2009
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