Date: Wed, 9 May 2012 21:30:55 +0200 From: Petr Matousek <pmatouse@...hat.com> To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Re: CVE Request -- kernel: futex: clear robust_list on execve On Tue, May 08, 2012 at 04:31:53AM +0400, Solar Designer wrote: > On Tue, May 08, 2012 at 04:08:17AM +0400, Solar Designer wrote: > > Indeed, execve() may make the new process relatively privileged (SUID, > > SGID, fscaps), and thus being able to write into its memory is a > > security issue. However, it appears that robust_list (and its compat > > counterpart) is only used for such writes when the process itself is > > exiting (with the aim being to notify other threads sharing the same > > mm). If so, the question is whether and how writes into an exiting > > process' memory may be exploited. We're already in do_exit() at this > > point, and it's just a few lines before we detach from and likely > > destroy the mm. Well, if that process itself is multi-threaded (and > > other threads are not exiting yet), it possibly can be exploited > > (through affecting those other threads). > > https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=771764#c4 describes that the > bug was inadvertently triggered in normal usage of certain programs, and > how it was rather difficult to figure out. My question is: was exit of > a multi-threaded program involved and relevant? If not, then there must > be something wrong with my reasoning, because I don't currently see how > the bug may otherwise have visible consequences. In this case single-threaded (privileged) Xorg was run with a stale robust list pointer that accidentally fell into MMIO area (see how ioperm() is implemnted on IA64). Because of the way ill-sized MMIO requests (exit_robust_list()) were handled in qemu-dm, the result was guest crash (all of this happened in Xen guest). -- Petr Matousek / Red Hat Security Response Team
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