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Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2009 08:07:51 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Cc: "Steven M. Christey" <>
Subject: Re: CVE request - kernel: information leak in sigaltstack


On Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 04:54:43PM -0400, Steven M. Christey wrote:
> On Tue, 4 Aug 2009, Eugene Teo wrote:
> > do_sigaltstack: avoid copying 'stack_t' as a structure to user space
> ======================================================
> Name: CVE-2009-2847
> The do_sigaltstack function in kernel/signal.c in Linux kernel 2.6
> before 2.6.31-rc5, when running on 64-bit systems, does not clear
> certain padding bytes from a structure, which allows local users to
> obtain sensitive information from the kernel stack via the sigaltstack
> function.

As far as I'm aware, this also affects 2.4 (I did not actively test for
it, but the vulnerable code is there).  I've included a fix for it in, and I expect that Willy will fix it in his next release


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