Vulnerabilities in udev

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at
Mon Apr 27 11:36:24 PDT 2009

Mike McCarty wrote:

> I am not expert, so I perhaps am not able to see how the vulnerabilities
> listed affect my machine. Could you be more specific about how the
> vulnerabilities are subject to exploit? I'd appreciate that very much.
> IOW, I'd like to see something which would allow us to evaluate what
> our exposure might be.

You're right Mike, not all vulnerabilities are equal.  However it is good 
practice to fix known vulnerabilities.  If, for instance, you decided to run a 
web server or even give yourself the capability to ssh into the system from 
outside your home and there was a problem with that server software, a local 
vulnerability could then lead to a root compromise.

In this case, the fix is easy.  Just rebuild the source with the patch and 
reboot.  You might even get by without rebooting by finding the udevd daemon:

# ps -ef|grep udevd
root       457     1  0 Apr26 ?        00:00:00 /sbin/udevd --daemon

kill that and restart

#kill -9 457; /etc/rc.d/init.d/udev start

But rebooting would probably be the safer alternative because of the way devices 
interact with everything on the system.

   -- Bruce

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