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Date: Tue, 01 Mar 2011 08:30:23 +0800
From: Eugene Teo <>
CC: Nelson Elhage <>
Subject: Re: CVE request: kernel: OOM-killer via argv expansion

On 03/01/2011 08:13 AM, Nelson Elhage wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 03:28:47PM -0800, Kees Cook wrote:
>> On Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 01:02:02PM -0800, Kees Cook wrote:
>>> 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!
>> Wait, I will continue to make more noise. The upstream commit
>> 3c77f845722158206a7209c45ccddc264d19319c does not handle the compat case,
>> which is trying to handle.
> upstream looks to have handled the compat case with:
>  From skimming the LKML thread, I think that upstream believes the issue to be
> fixed, but is trying to clean up the code, since the above two commits were
> considered quick-and-dirty bandaid fixes.

Kees, for CVE-2010-4243, we are backporting both 3c77f845 and 114279be, 
so unless there are other patches that we have missed, we won't be 
assigning a new CVE name for it.

Thanks, Eugene
Eugene Teo / Red Hat Security Response Team

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