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Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2022 09:18:27 +0200
From: David Hildenbrand <>
Subject: CVE-2022-2590: Linux kernel: Modifying shmem/tmpfs files without
 write permissions


I found a security issue (CVE-2022-2590) in the Linux kernel similar to
Dirty COW (CVE-2016-5195), however, restricted to shared memory (shmem /
tmpfs). I notified distributions one week ago and the embargo ended today.

An unprivileged user can modify file content of a shmem (tmpfs) file,
even if that user does not have write permissions to the file. The file
could be an executable.

The introducing upstream commit ID is:
  9ae0f87d009c ("mm/shmem: unconditionally set pte dirty in

Linux >= v5.16 is affected on x86-64 and aarch64 if the kernel is
compiled with CONFIG_USERFAULTFD=y. For Linux < v5.19 it's sufficient to
revert the problematic commit, which is possible with minor contextual
conflicts. For Linux >= v5.19 I'll send a proposal fix today.

I have a working reproducer that I will post as reply to this mail in
one week (August 15).


David / dhildenb

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