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Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 17:16:12 +0200
From: Petr Matousek <>
Subject: CVE Request -- kernel: sysctl: restrict write access to

When dmesg_restrict is set to 1 CAP_SYS_ADMIN is needed to read the
kernel ring buffer. But a root user without CAP_SYS_ADMIN is able
to reset dmesg_restrict to 0.

This is an issue when e.g.  LXC (Linux Containers) are used and complete
user space is running without CAP_SYS_ADMIN.  A unprivileged and jailed
root user can bypass the dmesg_restrict protection.

Introduced by:

Fixed by:

Petr Matousek / Red Hat Security Response Team

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