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Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2016 14:00:51 +0200
From: Marcus Meissner <>
Subject: Re: CVE Request: bad USB host adapter implementation
 can corrupt memory/brick machine

On Thu, Jun 02, 2016 at 01:57:57PM +0200, Adam Maris wrote:
> On 02/06/16 11:10, Marcus Meissner wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > reported here:
> >
> >
> >
> > issue is that the Frescologic device id 1009 host controller apparently
> > has a broken XHCI STREAMS implementation which would lead to memory corruptions
> >
> > Redhat might have already assigned a CVE.
> >
> > I am not sure if this is controllable for code execution, but at least USB devices can be used
> > to brick a machine with the kernel running (local denial of service)?
> >
> > Ciao, Marcus
> Red Hat hasn't assigned CVE. Overall, this has only minor security
> implications. Bricking machine doesn't seem to be easily reproducible,
> since on the second tested mobo it merely showed as a random memory
> corruption and hard locked system. It requires specific class of
> external usb devices getting plugged into machine with specific broken
> xhci controller.

Hmm. Yes, if it cannot be attacker driven, then we could consider it a bug only.

Ciao, Marcus

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