canonical ubuntu-linux CVE-2016-5195 vulnerability in Canonical and Other Products
Published on November 10, 2016

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Race condition in mm/gup.c in the Linux kernel 2.x through 4.x before 4.8.3 allows local users to gain privileges by leveraging incorrect handling of a copy-on-write (COW) feature to write to a read-only memory mapping, as exploited in the wild in October 2016, aka "Dirty COW."

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Known Exploited Vulnerability

This Linux Kernel Race Condition Vulnerability is part of CISA's list of Known Exploited Vulnerabilities. Race condition in mm/gup.c in the Linux kernel allows local users to escalate privileges.

The following remediation steps are recommended / required by March 24, 2022: Apply updates per vendor instructions.

Vulnerability Analysis

CVE-2016-5195 can be exploited with local system access, and requires small amount of user privileges. This vulnerability is considered to have a low attack complexity. It has an exploitability score of 1.8 out of four. The potential impact of an exploit of this vulnerability is considered to be very high.

What is a Race Condition Vulnerability?

The program contains a code sequence that can run concurrently with other code, and the code sequence requires temporary, exclusive access to a shared resource, but a timing window exists in which the shared resource can be modified by another code sequence that is operating concurrently.

CVE-2016-5195 has been classified to as a Race Condition vulnerability or weakness.

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