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Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 13:02:02 -0800
From: Kees Cook <>
Subject: Re: CVE request: kernel: OOM-killer via argv expansion

On Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 12:32:55PM -0800, Kees Cook wrote:
> I think the flaw[1] with argv-expansion triggering the OOM-killer
> incorrectly needs its own CVE.
> While the stack guard page and the fixes[2] for CVE-2010-3858 certainly
> improved things, argv expansion can still be tricked into OOM-killing the
> entire system. Solutions were discussed on the original thread, but
> were not finished. Recently a set of patches[3] has been re-proposed to fix
> this issue. Regardless, it should probably get its own CVE assigned.
> Thanks,
> -Kees
> [1]
> [2]
> [3]

Sorry, Nelson Elhage pointed out to me that I missed the fix for this
issue. The issue was been fixed with:

This was already assigned as CVE-2010-4243

Sorry for the noise, and thanks!


Kees Cook
Ubuntu Security Team

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