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Date: Sun, 05 Jun 2011 14:10:53 +0200
From: Timo Warns <>
CC: Eugene Teo <>, Josh Bressers <>, 
 coley <>
Subject: Re: CVE request: kernel: fs/partitions: Kernel heap
 overflow via corrupted LDM partition tables

On 03.06.2011 08:47, Eugene Teo wrote:
> On 02/25/2011 04:22 AM, Josh Bressers wrote:
>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> On Thu, 2011-02-24 at 09:25 +0800, Eugene Teo wrote:
>>>> On 02/24/2011 03:59 AM, Josh Bressers wrote:
>>>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>>>>> The kernel automatically evaluates partition tables of storage
>>>>>> devices.  The code for evaluating LDM partitions (in
>>>>>> fs/partitions/ldm.c) contains a bug that allows to overflow the
>>>>>> kernel heap. It may be possible to escalate privileges by exploiting
>>>>>> this bug.
> [...]
>> I would still like something along the lines of a proposed patch. I believe
>> you folks (as you're much brighter than me), but I still don't quite grasp
>> the difference. I suspect there is enough public information for MITRE to
>> public a CVE though, so please use CVE-2011-1017.
> It was reported that the fix for this is insufficient. I have assigned
> CVE-2011-2182 to this. See
> Timo, can you please post the patch here once you have submitted it to
> lkml for review. Thanks.

Greg has posted the patch to LKML (

The patch:

commit cae13fe4cc3f24820ffb990c09110626837e85d4 upstream.

As Ben Hutchings discovered [1], the patch for CVE-2011-1017 (buffer
overflow in ldm_frag_add) is not sufficient.  The original patch in
commit c340b1d64000 ("fs/partitions/ldm.c: fix oops caused by corrupted
partition table") does not consider that, for subsequent fragments,
previously allocated memory is used.


Reported-by: Ben Hutchings <>
Signed-off-by: Timo Warns <>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

 fs/partitions/ldm.c |    5 +++++
 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)
--- a/fs/partitions/ldm.c
+++ b/fs/partitions/ldm.c
@@ -1335,6 +1335,11 @@ static bool ldm_frag_add (const u8 *data

 	list_add_tail (&f->list, frags);
+	if (rec >= f->num) {
+		ldm_error("REC value (%d) exceeds NUM value (%d)", rec, f->num);
+		return false;
+	}
 	if (f->map & (1 << rec)) {
 		ldm_error ("Duplicate VBLK, part %d.", rec);
 		f->map &= 0x7F;			/* Mark the group as broken */

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