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Linux kernel AMD64 ptrace vulnerability GLSA 200402-06



[ GLSA 200402-06 ] Linux kernel AMD64 ptrace vulnerability

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200402-06
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~  Severity: Normal
~     Title: Linux kernel AMD64 ptrace vulnerability
~      Date: February 17, 2004
~        ID: 200402-06

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Synopsis
========

A vulnerability has been discovered by in the ptrace emulation code for
AMD64 platforms when eflags are processed, allowing a local user to
obtain elevated priveleges.

Affected packages
=================

~    -------------------------------------------------------
~               Kernel            /    Unaffected Version
~    -------------------------------------------------------

~    ck-sources..........................2.6.2-r1...........
~    development-sources.................2.6.2..............
~    gentoo-dev-sources..................2.6.2..............
~    gentoo-sources......................2.4.20-r12.........
~    gs-sources..........................2.4.25_pre7-r1.....
~    vanilla-prepatch-sources............2.4.25_rc3.........
~    vanilla-sources.....................2.4.24-r1..........

Description
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A vulnerability has been discovered by Andi Kleen in the ptrace
emulation code for AMD64 platforms when eflags are processed, allowing a
local user to obtain elevated priveleges. The Common Vulnerabilities and
Exposures project has assigned CAN-2004-0001 to this issue.

Impact
======

( Only users of the AMD64 platform are affected )

In this scenario, a user may be able to obtain elevated priveleges,
including root access. However, no public exploit is known for the
vulnerability at this time.

Workaround
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There is no temporary workaround - a kernel upgrade is required. A list
of unaffected kernels is provided along with this announcement.

Resolution
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Users are encouraged to upgrade to the latest available sources for
their system:

~  # emerge sync
~  # emerge -pv your-favorite-sources

~  # emerge your-favorite-sources

~  # # Follow usual procedures for compiling and installing a kernel.
~  # # If you use genkernel, run genkernel as you would do normally.

~  # # See http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/handbook.xml for help.

Concerns?
=========

Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at 
http://bugs.gentoo.org. 

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