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McAfee Security Bulletin: Fixes for privilege escalation via MAP_PRIVATE COW breakage (CVE-2016-5195)
Security Bulletins ID:   SB10176
Last Modified:  10/24/2018


First Published: 12/05/2016
 Impact of Vulnerability:  Privilege escalation (CWE-266)
 CVE Numbers:  CVE-2016-5195
 Severity Rating:  Medium
 Base / Overall CVSS v3 Scores:  6.7 / 6.0
 Recommendations:  Install Data Exchange Layer (DXL) Platform (Hotfix 3)
 Install DXL Platform (Hotfix 1)
 Install Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Prevent Hotfix 10.0.101
 Install McAfee Active Response (MAR) (Hotfix 8)
 Install Threat Intelligence Exchange (TIE) server (Hotfix 1)
 Security Bulletin Replacement:  None
 Affected Software:  DLP Prevent 10.0.100
 DXL Platform 3.0.1 and earlier
 MAR 1.1.0
 TIE server 2.0.0 and earlier
 Location of Updated Software:  http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/downloads.aspx

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CVE-2016-5195: kernel: mm: privilege escalation via MAP_PRIVATE COW breakage
A 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.

CWE-266: Incorrect Privilege Assignment
A product incorrectly assigns a privilege to a particular actor, creating an unintended sphere of control for that actor.


This issue is resolved in the following releases:
  • DLP Prevent Hotfix 10.0.101 for virtual and hardware platforms
  • DXL Platform (Hotfix 3)
  • DXL Platform (Hotfix 1)
  • MAR (Hotfix 8)
  • TIE server (Hotfix 1)
Go to the Product Downloads site and download the applicable product hotfix file:
Product Major Version Patch Number Patch File Name Release Date
DLP Prevent 10.0 101 McAfee-PS-10.0-3378.100.iso December 5, 2016
DXL Platform 3.0.0 334 DXLPlatform_3.0.0_Build_334_Package_1_(ENU-LICENSED-RELEASE-BRANCH).zip November 21, 2016
DXL Platform 3.0.1  182 DXLPlatform_3.0.1_Build_182_Package_1_(ENU-LICENSED-RELEASE-BRANCH).zip November 30, 2016
MAR 1.1.0 245 MAR-
November 4, 2016
TIE server 2.0.0 653 TIEServer_2.0.0.653.x86_64-MAIN.ova December 6, 2016

Download and Installation Instructions
See KB56057 for instructions on how to download McAfee products, documentation, security updates, patches, and hotfixes. Review the Release Notes and the Installation Guide, which you can download from the Documentation tab, for instructions on how to install these updates.


None. Install the provided hotfix updates.


DLP Prevent does not have unprivileged user accounts other than the built-in admin account. A successful exploit of this vulnerability requires the admin account to be compromised.


McAfee credits Phil Oester for the discovery and Linus Torvalds for the Linux kernel patch.

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CVE-2016-5195: kernel: mm: privilege escalation via MAP_PRIVATE COW breakage
 Base Score 6.7
 Attack Vector (AV) Local
 Attack Complexity (AC) Low
 Privileges Required (PR) High
 User Interaction (UI) None
 Scope (S) Unchanged
Confidentiality (C) High
Integrity (I) High
Availability (A) High
 Temporal Score (Overall) 6.0
 Exploitability (E) Proof-of-concept
 Remediation Level (RL) Official fix
 Report Confidence (RC) Confirmed

NOTE: The below CVSS version 3.0 vector was used to generate this score.


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