Linux Kernel Vulnerability

Number: AL16-019
Date: 21 October 2016


The purpose of this alert is to bring attention to a recently disclosed vulnerability in the Linux kernel.


CCIRC is aware of a recently disclosed vulnerability in the Linux kernel. Identified as CVE-2016-5195, this vulnerability can allow root privilege escalation in the Linux kernel environment.

CVE Reference: CVE-2016-5195
Affected Kernel Version: 3.9 and higher

Suggested Action

Due to the potential risk presented by this vulnerability, CCIRC recommends that system administrators watch for vendor-released updates of affected Linux kernel versions.


Note to Readers

In support of Public Safety's mission to build a safe and resilient Canada, CCIRC's mandate is to help ensure the security and resilience of the vital non-federal government cyber systems that underpin Canada's national security, public safety and economic prosperity. As Canada's computer security incident response team, CCIRC is Canada's national coordination centre for the prevention and mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from cyber incidents on non-federal government systems. It does this by providing authoritative advice and support, and coordinating information sharing and incident response.

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