As organizations increasingly move to hybrid cloud environments to increase agility, scale and competitive advantage, adversaries are correspondingly looking to exploit these environments.
The Linux process model, available within Elastic, allows users to write very targeted alerting rules and gain deeper insight into exactly what is happening on their Linux servers and desktops. In this blog, we will provide background on the Linux process model, a key aspect of how Linux workloads are represented.
In recent days, several security vendors have published blogs about the Linux-based exploitation (CVE-2022-0847), also known as Dirty Pipe. The Elastic Security Research team is sharing the first detailed research to help organizations find and alert on the exploitation with Elastic Security products. We are releasing this research so that users can defend themselves, since very little information has been shared on the actual detection of exploitation attempts.
The new serious Linux Kernel vulnerability dubbed ‘Dirty Pipe’, due to its similarity to the 2016 high severity and easy to exploit DirtyCow vulnerability, was originally disclosed on March 7th by Max Kellermann. Kellermann found the bug accidently while researching corrupted log files on a log server.
The situation with Dirty Pipe is rapidly evolving. We will update the information in this blog as it is released publicly. On March 7, 2022, Max Kellermann publicly disclosed a vulnerability in the Linux kernel, later named Dirty Pipe, which allows underprivileged processes to write to arbitrary readable files, leading to privilege escalation. This vulnerability affects kernel versions starting from 5.8.
Right on the heels of CVE-2022-4092, another local privilege escalation flaw in the Linux Kernel was disclosed on Monday, nicknamed “Dirty Pipe” by the discoverer. MITRE has designated this as CVE-2022-0847. Similar to the “Dirty COW” exploit (CVE-2016-5195), this flaw abuses how the Kernel manages pages in pipes and impacts the latest versions of Linux.
Recently, CVE-2022-0847 was created detailing a flaw in the Linux kernel that can be exploited allowing any process to modify files regardless of their permission settings or ownership. The vulnerability has been named “Dirty Pipe” by the security community due to its similarity to “Dirty COW”, a privilege escalation vulnerability reported in CVE-2016-5195, and because the flaw exists in the kernel pipeline implementation.