Privilege escalation in Linux kernel JSIOCSBTNMAP IOCTL



Published: 2021-07-22
Risk Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2021-3612
CWE ID CWE-787
Exploitation vector Local
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
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Linux kernel
Operating systems & Components / Operating system

Vendor

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one low risk vulnerability.

1) Out-of-bounds write

Risk: Low

CVSSv3.1: 6.1 [CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:H/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:U/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2021-3612

CWE-ID: CWE-787 - Out-of-bounds Write

Exploit availability: No

Description

The vulnerability allows a local user to escalate privileges on the system.

The vulnerability exists due to a boundary error in joystick devices subsystem in Linux kernel. A local user can make a specially crafted JSIOCSBTNMAP IOCTL call, trigger out-of-bounds write and execute arbitrary code with escalated privileges.

Mitigation

Install updates from vendor's website.

Vulnerable software versions

Linux kernel: before 5.9 rc1

CPE External links

https://lore.kernel.org/linux-input/20210620120030.1513655-1-avlarkin82@gmail.com/
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1974079

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

No. This vulnerability can be exploited locally. The attacker should have authentication credentials and successfully authenticate on the system.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability.



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