CVE-2016-8655: Kernel: Local root exploit.

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 (SLES 12 GA)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 1 (SLES 12 SP1)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 2 (SLES 12 SP2)


This exploit can be used to gain kernel code execution from unprivileged processes on SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 based systems.

NOTE: No SUSE Linux Enterprise Versions prior to SLES 12 are affected as the preconditions for this exploit are lacking.


Kernel updates will be provided and kernel versions containing the update for all relevant SLES 12 versions will be available as soon as QA testing are done.

It is recommended to patch all affected systems as soon as possible once the relevant kernel updates are available.


Additional Information

Release date: 7 December 2016

Release date: 7 December 2016

Release date: 9 December 2016

For systems out of general support (SLES12 GA) please contact support and/or your Sales representative if Long Term Service Pack Support  (LTSS) is necessary.


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  • Document ID:7018348
  • Creation Date: 02-Dec-2016
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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