Intrusion Prevention

Linux.Kernel.Copy.On.Write.Privilege.Escalation

Description

This indicates an attack attempt to exploit a Privilege Escalation vulnerability in Linux Kernel.
The vulnerability is due to an error in the way Linux kernel's memory subsystem handles copy-on-write (COW). A remote attacker may be able to exploit this to leverage their privileges on vulnerable systems.

Affected Products

Linux Kernel after 2.6.22

Impact

Privilege Escalation: Remote attackers can leverage their privileges on vulnerable systems.

Recommended Actions

Apply the most recent upgrade or patch from the vendor.
https://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/commit/?id=19be0eaffa3ac7d8eb6784ad9bdbc7d67ed8e619

CVE References

CVE-2016-5195

Other References

http://dirtycow.ninja/