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Use-after-free vulnerability in keyring facility (CVE-2016-0728)

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


The "Perception Point" research team has identified a 0-day local privilege escalation vulnerability in the Linux kernel.
This "use-after-free" vulnerability in keyring facility can possible lead to a local privilege escalation.
Function join_sesssion-keyring in security/keys/process_keys.c holds a reference to the requested keyring, but if that keyring is the same as the one being currently used by the process, the kernel would not decrease keyring->usage before returning to userspace.
The usage field can be possibly overflowed causing use-after-free on the keyring object.


Both SLES 12 and SLES 12 SP1 are affected by this bug.

SLES 12 SP1:
  • SUSE has released a patch on 20th of January 2016
  • kernel version 3.12.51-60.25.1

SLES 12:

  • SUSE has released a patch on 22nd of January 2016
  • kernel version 3.12.51-52.39.1

To solve the problem install the above kernel patch.


Additional Information

For further details please review this blog entry from Perception Point.


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  • Document ID:7017169
  • Creation Date: 20-Jan-2016
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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