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Date: Fri, 18 May 2012 11:37:22 +0200
From: Petr Matousek <pmatouse@...hat.com>
To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com
Subject: CVE Request -- kernel: mm: read_pmd_atomic: 32bit PAE pmd walk vs
 pmd_populate SMP race condition

When holding the mmap_sem for reading, pmd_offset_map_lock should only
run on a pmd_t that has been read atomically from the pmdp
pointer, otherwise we may read only half of it leading to this crash.

PID: 11679  TASK: f06e8000  CPU: 3   COMMAND: "do_race_2_panic"
 #0 [f06a9dd8] crash_kexec at c049b5ec
 #1 [f06a9e2c] oops_end at c083d1c2
 #2 [f06a9e40] no_context at c0433ded
 #3 [f06a9e64] bad_area_nosemaphore at c043401a
 #4 [f06a9e6c] __do_page_fault at c0434493
 #5 [f06a9eec] do_page_fault at c083eb45
 #6 [f06a9f04] error_code (via page_fault) at c083c5d5
    EAX: 01fb470c EBX: fff35000 ECX: 00000003 EDX: 00000100 EBP:
    00000000
    DS:  007b     ESI: 9e201000 ES:  007b     EDI: 01fb4700 GS:  00e0
    CS:  0060     EIP: c083bc14 ERR: ffffffff EFLAGS: 00010246
 #7 [f06a9f38] _spin_lock at c083bc14
 #8 [f06a9f44] sys_mincore at c0507b7d
 #9 [f06a9fb0] system_call at c083becd
                         start           len
    EAX: ffffffda  EBX: 9e200000  ECX: 00001000  EDX: 6228537f
    DS:  007b      ESI: 00000000  ES:  007b      EDI: 003d0f00
    SS:  007b      ESP: 62285354  EBP: 62285388  GS:  0033
    CS:  0073      EIP: 00291416  ERR: 000000da  EFLAGS: 00000286

This should be a longstanding bug affecting x86 32bit PAE without
THP. Only archs with 64bit large pmd_t and 32bit unsigned long should
be affected.

An unprivileged local user could use this flaw to crash the system.

Proposed fix:
http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.linux.kernel.mm/78590

References:
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=822821
http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.linux.kernel.mm/78590

Thanks,
-- 
Petr Matousek / Red Hat Security Response Team

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