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Linux Kernel vulnerable to DoS via the ipv6_getsockopt_sticky() function

Vulnerability Note VU#920689

Original Release Date: 2007-03-13 | Last Revised: 2007-03-13


The Linux Kernel contains a vulnerability that may allow a remote attacker to create a denial-of-service condition.


Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is a IP standard that is designed to replace the Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4). The Linux kernel provides IPv6 support, and Linux vendors may enable IPv6 by default.

The Linux kernel contains a condition that may allow a null pointer to be dereferenced during a memory allocation by the ipv6_getsockopt_sticky() function in net/ipv6/ipv6_sockglue.c. Note that this vulnerability may be present in both the 2.4 and 2.6 versions of the Linux kernel.


A remote unauthenticated attacker may be able to cause the kernel to panic (Oops) on a vulnerable system, thereby creating a denial of service.. If the vulnerable software is running on a server, all clients that rely on the server will also be affected.


This issue has been addressed in Linux kernel version Users who do not compile their kernels from source should contact their operating system vendor for updated kernel packages.

Disable IPv6

If IPv6 functionality is not needed, disabling it may mitigate this vulnerability. Adding alias net-pf-10 ipv6 off to your modprobe configuration file and rebooting may disable IPv6 functionality.

Vendor Information


Linux Kernel Archives Affected

Updated:  March 13, 2007



Vendor Statement

We have not received a statement from the vendor.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.


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Thanks to Chris Wright for information that was used in this report.

This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2007-1000
Severity Metric: 3.71
Date Public: 2007-03-12
Date First Published: 2007-03-13
Date Last Updated: 2007-03-13 19:20 UTC
Document Revision: 20

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