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Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:46:51 -0400 (EDT)
From: Vladis Dronov <>
Subject: kernel: Stack corruption while reading /proc/keys (CVE-2016-7042)


It was found that when gcc stack protector is turned on, proc_keys_show() can
cause a panic in the Linux kernel due to the stack corruption. This happens
because xbuf[] is not big enough to hold a 64-bit timeout value rendered as weeks.

CVE-2016-7042 was assigned to this flaw internally by the Red Hat. Please, use it
in the public communications regarding this flaw.

References: (patch) (reproducer, patch)

Note: Unfortunately, I'm not sure if the patch was already sent to
or alike by the patch author.

Best regards,
Vladis Dronov | Red Hat, Inc. | Product Security Engineer

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