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Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 17:20:57 +0200
From: Cedric Buissart <>
Subject: Re: CVE-2016-5011: util-linux: Extended partition loop
 in MBR partition table leads to DoS

On Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 5:19 PM, Florian Weimer <> wrote:

> On 07/11/2016 01:32 PM, Cedric Buissart wrote:
> I looked at other projects to see what is being done to prevent this
>> particular loop from happening. Until now, tools I checked are protected
>> either by detecting the loop (i.e.: actively searching for a relative
>> offset of 0 for the next EBR, as done by this util-linux patch; partprobe
>> and fdisk are doing that), or enforcing a limit on the maximum number of
>> partitions for a device (Linux kernel, kpartx & other tools I currently
>> checked)
> How does util-linux protect against loops which are non-empty?  Does it
> reject negative offsets?
Indeed, the the patch wasn't sufficient.
The following has been added, in order to prevent jumping back to a
precedent EBR :

> Thanks,
> Florian

Cedric Buissart,
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