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Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2015 06:15:57 -0500 (EST)
From: Vladis Dronov <>
Subject: CVE request -- linux kernel: Null pointer dereference when mounting
 ext4 filesystem

If possible, we would like to obtain a CVE-ID for the following security issue.

It was reported that there are some exit paths in ext4_fill_super() which result
in destruction of workqueue which is not yet initialized, leading to kernel NULL
pointer dereference. A privileged user with permission to mount a filesystem or
anybody having physical access to the system's USB port and prepared filesystem
on USB disk which will be automatically mounted can cause system panic and thus

References: - initial public disclosure - red hat public bug

commit 744692dc059845b2a3022119871846e74d4f6e11 - upstream Linux kernel commit
which fixes the issue (only part of the commit is related).

Best regards,
Vladis Dronov | Red Hat, Inc. | Product Security Engineer

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