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Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2010 02:50:21 +0100
From: Marcus Meissner <>
To: OSS Security List <>
Subject: CVE request: information leak / potential crash in sys_move_pages


I spotted a problem in sys_move_pages, where "node" value is read from userspace,
but not limited to the node set within the kernel itself.

Due to the bit tests in mm/migrate.c:do_move_pages it is easy to read out
the kernel memory (as node can also be negative).

(The node_isset and node_state functions just map to test_bit, which has 
 no limiter in the normal implementations.)

There also is (in my eyes) the chance we can corrupt kernel memory later on
if we have all the right bits setup, but I did not research this further.

Issue was present starting as sys_move_pages was introduced in 2.6.18.
Solved in mainline by commit below.

Needs a CVE for information leakage at least.

Have a nice weekend, Marcus

commit 6f5a55f1a6c5abee15a0e878e5c74d9f1569b8b0
Author: Linus Torvalds <>
Date:   Fri Feb 5 16:16:50 2010 -0800

    Fix potential crash with sys_move_pages
    We incorrectly depended on the 'node_state/node_isset()' functions
    testing the node range, rather than checking it explicitly.  That's not
    reliable, even if it might often happen to work.  So do the proper
    explicit test.
    Reported-by: Marcus Meissner <>
    Acked-and-tested-by: Brice Goglin <>
    Acked-by: Hugh Dickins <>
    Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>

diff --git a/mm/migrate.c b/mm/migrate.c
index efddbf0..9a0db5b 100644
--- a/mm/migrate.c
+++ b/mm/migrate.c
@@ -912,6 +912,9 @@ static int do_pages_move(struct mm_struct *mm, struct task_struct *task,
 				goto out_pm;
 			err = -ENODEV;
+			if (node < 0 || node >= MAX_NUMNODES)
+				goto out_pm;
 			if (!node_state(node, N_HIGH_MEMORY))
 				goto out_pm;

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