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Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2011 19:57:23 -0700
From: Linus Torvalds <>
To: Vasiliy Kulikov <>,
        Andrew Morton <>
Subject: Re: [Security] CVE request: kernel: taskstats/procfs io infoleak
 (was: taskstats authorized_keys presence infoleak PoC)

On Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 5:34 AM, Vasiliy Kulikov <> wrote:
> I think it needs 2 CVE, one for /proc/PID/io and another for taskstats.

Hmm. Should we just round them down to 1kB boundaries or something?
People *do* want to know about IO accounting, but I agree that giving
things at a byte granularity ends up giving way too much information.
When you can see how many bytes something read off a tty, that's a

Returning accounting information at a 1k granularity should make it
impractical to use that to guess keys etc. It still gives *some*
information (and enough for rough statistics), but it doesn't give the
level of detail required for any simple attack.

Sometimes excessive precision isn't a good thing.

Andrew - the IO_ACCT stuff went through you (back in 2006), the
taskstats did too, methinks. Comments?


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