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Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:37:07 -0400 (EDT)
From: cve-assign@...re.org
To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com
Cc: cve-assign@...re.org
Subject: Re: CVE Request: Linux x86_64 NT flag issue - Linux kernel

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>> Use CVE-2015-6666.

> I think this may be a false alarm.  SDM Volume 3 6.12.1.2 says:
> 
> On calls to exception and interrupt handlers, the processor also
> clears the VM, RF, and NT flags in the EFLAGS register, after
> they are saved on the stack.
> 
> So if an interrupt or page fault happened while NT was incorrectly
> set, the NT flag would still be clear when context switching and would
> therefore never leak. (This wouldn't have been the case before 3.19,
> when we could context switch by calling schedule() directly while NT
> was set, but those kernels manually saved and restored flags across
> context switches.)

We have not seen any further discussion of this. Our understanding is
that this "might be able to leak NT into an unrelated task" security
impact was not found to affect any version of the Linux kernel. Unless
there is other information, we will move CVE-2015-6666 into the
"rejected" state later this week.

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CVE assignment team, MITRE CVE Numbering Authority
M/S M300
202 Burlington Road, Bedford, MA 01730 USA
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