By Samson.Yeung-Oracle on May 15, 2013
This is a 0-day local privilege escalation found by Tommi Rantala while fuzzing the kernel using Trinity. The cause of that oops was patched in 3.8.10 in commit 8176cced706b5e5d15887584150764894e94e02f.
'spender' on Reddit has an interesting writeup on the details of this exploit.
We've already shipped this for Fedora 17 and 18 for the 3.8 kernel, and an update for Ubuntu 13.04 will ship as soon as Canonical releases their kernel.
We have a policy of only shipping updates that the vendor has shipped, but in this case we are shipping an update for this CVE for Oracle's UEK2 kernel early. Oracle is in the process of preparing an updated UEK2 kernel with the same fix and will be released through the normal channels.
All customers with Oracle Linux Premier Support should use Ksplice to update their kernel as soon as possible.
[EDITED 2013-05-15]: We have now released an early update for Oracle RHCK 6, RedHat Enterprise Linux 6, Scientific Linux 6 and CentOS 6.
[EDITED 2013-05-15]: We have released an early update for Wheezy. Additionally, Ubuntu Raring, Quantal and Precise have released their kernel, so we have released updates for them.