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Missing Release of Memory after Effective Lifetime


Severity Low
Score 2.1/10


Memory leak in the request_key_auth_destroy function in request_key_auth in Linux kernel 2.6.10 up to 2.6.13 allows local users to cause a denial of service (memory consumption) via a large number of authorization token keys.

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CWE-401 - Missing release of memory after effective lifetime (memory leak)

'Missing release of memory after effective lifetime (memory leak)' is a weakness that occurs when software doesn't effectively release allocated memory after it is used. If not addressed, this enables attackers to launch denial of service attacks (by crashing or hanging the program) or take advantage of other unexpected behavior resulting from low memory conditions.


Advisory Timeline

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