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Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2010 11:58:31 +0800
From: Eugene Teo <>
CC: "Steven M. Christey" <>
Subject: CVE request: kernel: setup_arg_pages: diagnose excessive argument

"The CONFIG_STACK_GROWSDOWN variant of setup_arg_pages() does not check 
the size of the argument/environment area on the stack. When it is 
unworkably large, shift_arg_pages() hits its BUG_ON. This is exploitable 
with a very large RLIMIT_STACK limit, to create a crash pretty easily.

Check that the initial stack is not too large to make it possible to map 
in any executable.  We're not checking that the actual executable (or 
intepreter, for binfmt_elf) will fit.  So those mappings might clobber 
part of the initial stack mapping.  But that is just userland lossage 
that userland made happen, not a kernel problem."

Upstream commit:


main(i) { putchar(182623909 >> (i-1) * 5&31|!!(i<7)<<6) && main(++i); }

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