Vulnerabilities > CVE-2009-3280 - Improper Restriction of Operations Within the Bounds of A Memory Buffer vulnerability in Linux Kernel

047910
CVSS 7.8 - HIGH
Attack vector
NETWORK
Attack complexity
LOW
Privileges required
NONE
Confidentiality impact
NONE
Integrity impact
NONE
Availability impact
COMPLETE
network
low complexity
linux
CWE-119

Summary

Integer signedness error in the find_ie function in net/wireless/scan.c in the cfg80211 subsystem in the Linux kernel before 2.6.31.1-rc1 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (soft lockup) via malformed packets.

Vulnerable Configurations

Part Description Count
OS
Linux
1024

Common Attack Pattern Enumeration and Classification (CAPEC)

  • Buffer Overflow via Environment Variables
    This attack pattern involves causing a buffer overflow through manipulation of environment variables. Once the attacker finds that they can modify an environment variable, they may try to overflow associated buffers. This attack leverages implicit trust often placed in environment variables.
  • Overflow Buffers
    Buffer Overflow attacks target improper or missing bounds checking on buffer operations, typically triggered by input injected by an attacker. As a consequence, an attacker is able to write past the boundaries of allocated buffer regions in memory, causing a program crash or potentially redirection of execution as per the attackers' choice.
  • Client-side Injection-induced Buffer Overflow
    This type of attack exploits a buffer overflow vulnerability in targeted client software through injection of malicious content from a custom-built hostile service.
  • Filter Failure through Buffer Overflow
    In this attack, the idea is to cause an active filter to fail by causing an oversized transaction. An attacker may try to feed overly long input strings to the program in an attempt to overwhelm the filter (by causing a buffer overflow) and hoping that the filter does not fail securely (i.e. the user input is let into the system unfiltered).
  • MIME Conversion
    An attacker exploits a weakness in the MIME conversion routine to cause a buffer overflow and gain control over the mail server machine. The MIME system is designed to allow various different information formats to be interpreted and sent via e-mail. Attack points exist when data are converted to MIME compatible format and back.

Statements

contributorTomas Hoger
lastmodified2009-09-22
organizationRed Hat
statementNot vulnerable. This vulnerability was introduced into the Linux kernel in version 2.6.30-rc1 via upstream commit 2a519311, and therefore does not affect users of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4, 5, and Red Hat Enterprise MRG.