Zero-day Vulnerability Database

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Privilege escalation in Linux kernel
CVE-2010-3081

Privilege escalation

The vulnerability allows a local user to escalate privileges.

The vulnerability exists due to improper allocation of userspace memory required for the 32-bit compatibility layer within compat_alloc_user_space() function in include/asm/compat.h file on on 64-bit platforms. A local user can call compat_mc_getsockopt() function and gain control over vulnerable system.

Successful exploitation of the vulnerability allows a local non-privileged user to gain root privileges.

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Based on the sophisticated and fully functional exploits this vulnerability was exploited in the wild for quite some time before the patch was issued.

Software: Linux kernel

Known/fameous malware:

Linux/Exploit.CVE-2010-3081.B

Based on the sophisticated and fully functional exploits this vulnerability was exploited in the wild for quite some time before the patch was issued.