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The do_fork function in Linux 2.4.x before 2.4.26 and 2.6.x before 2.6.6 does not properly decrement the mm_count counter when an error occurs after the mm_struct for a child process has been activated which triggers a memory leak that allows local users to cause a denial of service (memory exhaustion) via the clone (CLONE_VM) system call.

oval:org.mitre.oval:def:10297

The do_fork function in Linux 2.4.x before 2.4.26 and 2.6.x before 2.6.6 does not properly decrement the mm_count counter when an error occurs after the mm_struct for a child process has been activated which triggers a memory leak that allows local users to cause a denial of service (memory exhaustion) via the clone (CLONE_VM) system call.

Family:
unix
Status:
ACCEPTED
Platform(s):
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
  • CentOS Linux 3
Class:
vulnerability
Reference(s):
  • CVE-2004-0427
Product(s):