The RDS protocol implementation of Linux kernels 2.6.30 through 2.6.38-rc8 contain a local privilege escalation vulnerability.
Kernel functions fail to properly check if a user supplied address exists in the user segment of memory. By providing a kernel address to a socket call an unprivileged user can execute arbitrary code as root. Additional details can be found in the VSR Security Advisory.
An unprivileged local attacker can escalate their privileges to root.
Apply an update for the specific Linux distribution used.
If the RDS protocol is not needed, it can be disabled with the following command run as root.
echo "alias net-pf-21 off" > /etc/modprobe.d/disable-rds
Thanks to Dan Rosenberg of Virtual Security Research for researching and publishing the details of this vulnerability.
|Date First Published:||2010-10-25|
|Date Last Updated:||2010-10-25 19:38 UTC|