Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2010 14:45:59 +0100 From: Marcus Meissner <meissner@...e.de> To: OSS Security List <oss-security@...ts.openwall.com> Subject: CVE request: kernel OOM/crash in drivers/connector Hi, Sebastian Krahmer found a problem in the drivers/connector/connector.c code where users could send/allocate arbitrary amounts of NETLINK_CONNECTOR messages to the kernel, causing OOM condition, killing selected processes or halting the system. This is fixed in mainline commit f98bfbd78c37c5946cc53089da32a5f741efdeb7 by removing the code. commit f98bfbd78c37c5946cc53089da32a5f741efdeb7 Author: Evgeniy Polyakov <zbr@...emap.net> Date: Tue Feb 2 15:58:48 2010 -0800 connector: Delete buggy notification code. On Tue, Feb 02, 2010 at 02:57:14PM -0800, Greg KH (gregkh@...e.de) wrote: > > There are at least two ways to fix it: using a big cannon and a small > > one. The former way is to disable notification registration, since it is > > not used by anyone at all. Second way is to check whether calling > > process is root and its destination group is -1 (kind of priveledged > > one) before command is dispatched to workqueue. > > Well if no one is using it, removing it makes the most sense, right? > > No objection from me, care to make up a patch either way for this? Getting it is not used, let's drop support for notifications about (un)registered events from connector. Another option was to check credentials on receiving, but we can always restore it without bugs if needed, but genetlink has a wider code base and none complained, that userspace can not get notification when some other clients were (un)registered. Kudos for Sebastian Krahmer <krahmer@...e.de>, who found a bug in the code. Signed-off-by: Evgeniy Polyakov <zbr@...emap.net> Acked-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@...e.de> Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <davem@...emloft.net>
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