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Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:37:57 +1000
From: Wade Mealing <>
Subject: CVE-2019-10140 - linux kernel - system panic in overlayfs directory creation.

Red Hats kernel has a flaw in overlayfs which can cause a kernel panic and
possibly memory corruption.

An attacker with local access can create a denial of service situation via
NULL pointer dereference in ovl_posix_acl_create function in
fs/overlayfs/dir.c. The ovl_create function can return a positive number
leading to a null pointer derference of path in may_open. This can allow
attackers with ability to create directories on overlayfs to crash the
kernel creating a Denial Of Service (DOS) and possibly other memory

The memory corruption claim may be a bit of a stretch, but it could be
possible that an attacker could pre-groom the memory where the null pointer
dereference exists, but I couldn't get this to work in practice, YMMV.

This flaw likely only affects Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 based products as
this issue was created by by human-error in the back-porting process.  It
is very unlikely that non Red Hat Enterprise Linux derived distributions
contain this flaw.


Wade Mealing
Red Hat Product Security

Red Hat bugzilla:

Proposed patch:

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