000034269 - RSA Authentication Manager Copy-on-Write aka "Dirty Cow" Vulnerability (CVE-2016-5195) - False Positive

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Article Number000034269
Applies ToRSA Product Set:  SecurID
RSA Product/Service Type:  Authentication Manager
RSA Version/Condition:  8.x
CVE IDCVE-2016-5195
Article SummaryA race condition was found in the way the Linux kernel's memory subsystem handled the copy-on-write (COW) breakage of private read-only memory mappings. An unprivileged, local user could use this flaw to gain write access to otherwise read-only memory mappings and thus increase their privileges on the system.
Link to Advisorieshttps://dirtycow.ninja/
https://www.suse.com/security/cve/CVE-2016-5195.html
https://access.redhat.com/security/cve/cve-2016-5195
 
Alert ImpactNot Exploitable
Technical DetailsThe flaw exists but it is not exploitable
Technical Details ExplanationResponse: The flaw exists but does not add an additional security risk.
The RSA Authentication Manager 8.x appliance does not have unprivileged local users.  Only one user, the appliance administrator (rsaadmin), can log into the appliance and this user is already fully capable of gaining root privileges.

 

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