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Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:31:04 +0200
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: CVE-2016-5195 "Dirty COW" Linux kernel privilege escalation vulnerability


This was brought to the linux-distros list (and briefly inadvertently to
the distros list, although discussion continued on linux-distros only)
on October 13 and it was made public yesterday, so it must be in here as
well.  Unfortunately, no one posted about it in here so far (the person
who brought this to [linux-]distros must have done so!), and I don't
have time to make a proper posting (with full detail in the message
itself, as per oss-security list content guidelines), but I figured it's
better for me to post something than nothing at all.

Red Hat's description:

"A race condition was found in the way the Linux kernel's memory
subsystem handled the copy-on-write (COW) breakage of private read-only
memory mappings.  An unprivileged local user could use this flaw to gain
write access to otherwise read-only memory mappings and thus increase
their privileges on the system."


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