umount, when running with the Linux 2.6.15 kernel on Slackware Linux 10.2, allows local users to trigger a NULL dereference and application crash by invoking the program with a pathname for a USB pen drive that was mounted and then physically removed, which might allow the users to obtain sensitive information, including core file contents.
CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
Impact Subscore: 2.9
Exploitability Subscore: 3.4
CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector: Locally exploitable
Access Complexity: Medium
Authentication: Not required to exploit
Impact Type: Allows unauthorized disclosure of information
Official Statement from Red Hat (02/09/2007)
Red Hat does not consider this issue to be a security vulnerability. On Red Hat Enterprise Linux processes that change their effective UID do not dump core by default when they receive a fatal signal. Therefore the NULL pointer dereference does not lead to an information leak.
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20070201 umount crash and xterm (kind of) information leak!
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