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Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2010 14:49:52 +0800
From: Eugene Teo <>
CC: "Steven M. Christey" <>
Subject: CVE request - kernel: prevent heap corruption in snd_ctl_new()

Reported by Dan Rosenberg. The snd_ctl_new() function in 
sound/core/control.c allocates space for a snd_kcontrol struct by 
performing arithmetic operations on a user-provided size without 
checking for integer overflow.  If a user provides a large enough size, 
an overflow will occur, the allocated chunk will be too small, and a 
second user-influenced value will be written repeatedly past the bounds 
of this chunk. This code is reachable by unprivileged users who have 
permission to open a /dev/snd/controlC* device (on many distros, this is 
group "audio") via the SNDRV_CTL_IOCTL_ELEM_ADD and 

Upstream commit:


main(i) { putchar(182623909 >> (i-1) * 5&31|!!(i<7)<<6) && main(++i); }

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