Upstream information

CVE-2014-8171 at MITRE


The memory resource controller (aka memcg) in the Linux kernel allows local users to cause a denial of service (deadlock) by spawning new processes within a memory-constrained cgroup.

SUSE information

Overall state of this security issue: Does not affect SUSE products

This issue is currently rated as having moderate severity.

CVSS v2 Scores
  National Vulnerability Database
Base Score 4.9
Vector AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C
Access Vector Local
Access Complexity Low
Authentication None
Confidentiality Impact None
Integrity Impact None
Availability Impact Complete

Note from the SUSE Security Team

This issue affects SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 kernels. It is however an attack that requires constant attacker work to be persistant and can be resolved by an administrator. As it is a difficult fix to backport and also changes API semantics, we will not fix this issue for SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 at this time.

SUSE Bugzilla entry: 928128 [RESOLVED / WONTFIX]

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Status of this issue by product and package

Please note that this evaluation state might be work in progress, incomplete or outdated. Also information for service packs in the LTSS phase is only included for issues meeting the LTSS criteria. If in doubt, feel free to contact us for clarification.

Product(s) Source package State
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 SP3 kernel-source Ignore
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3 kernel-source Ignore
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMWare 11 SP3 kernel-source Ignore