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Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:41:33 +0100
From: Mathias Krause <>
Subject: Re: CVE Request: kernel - sock_diag: Fix out-of-bounds
 access to sock_diag_handlers[]

On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 11:13 AM, Solar Designer <> wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 24, 2013 at 10:10:45AM +0100, Mathias Krause wrote:
>> An unprivileged user can send a netlink message resulting in an
>> out-of-bounds access of the sock_diag_handlers[] array which, in turn,
>> allows userland to take over control while in kernel mode.
>> Patch (already in net/master):
>> Affected versions:
>> v3.3 - v3.8
> Nice find!  Do you happen to know of distro backports of the affected
> code to older kernels?

No. I haven't investigated this any further. So I don't know.

>  When you wrote that the bug is "in there for
> ages", did you mean that 3.3 has been out "for ages" or something else?

Kind of. The missing upper bound check was (and still is) in there in
older kernels as well, at times as this code was still living in
inet_diag.c. But it wasn't (and isn't) vulnerable as the
inet_diag_handlers[] array is 256 elements big. So userland cannot
exploit this as the type for the family is __u8.

>> PoC is not attached this time but can be requested on demand. Hint:
>> Works well on Fedora 18, bypassing all mmap_min_addr checks. ;)
> SynQ posted a (different?) PoC here:
> Apparently, high values of mmap_min_addr (like 131072) happen to work
> against this one, but they might not work against other attack vectors
> or/and kernel builds.  The bug is not a NULL+offset dereference, so
> mmap_min_addr was not supposed to help against its exploitation - it
> just happens to, sometimes.

Well, my Russian is actually non-existent but from reading the code,
they should use other values to get much more reliable and, for that
matter, higher addresses ;)
In fact, on x86-64 one can generate addresses far, far away from mmap_min_addr.
But sorry, I won't disclose any further details, to not get into legal
issues. In Germany it's quite hairy to do things like that :/
But I can provide you my PoC in a private email -- for security evaluation.


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