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Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:51:29 +0800
From: Eugene Teo <>
To: "" <>
Subject: Re: CVE Request/Guidance: Linux kernel cdc-wdm buffer
 overflow triggered by device

Hi Marcus,

On Thursday, 14 March 2013, Marcus Meissner wrote:

> Hi,
> I am wondering ... do we consider attacks with special attack taylored USB
> devices as CVE worthy?
> There is only some precedence in the CVE DB, but not much.
> I stumbled over this fix from one of my colleagues where a specifically
> made USB device reporting the "cdc-wdm" USB class could cause a kernel
> heap overflow.
> "Malicious attached devices" might fall into several categories:
> 1. Attaching the device causes the issue directly within the kernel /
> autoloaded
>    module, without user interaction. (here the case)
> 2. Attaching the device causes the issue when userspace, dependend on
>    e.g. desktop system, does initiate a seperate action (like an automount
>    and then exploitation of something) (so not direct a kernel, but a
>    kernel + GNOME/KDE interaction).
> 3. User needs to do something with the attached device (like click on
>    a file on a USB disk)
> I would consider (1) and (2) CVE worthy at least, not so sure with (3).

I agree with (1) and (2). I have seen (3) with CVE names too. If a local,
unprivileged user can cause an issue by accessing a file or listing a set
of files in a directory due to a flaw in the underlying file system, I
think it should have a CVE name assigned.

Thanks, Eugene

> Ciao, Marcus
> commit c0f5ecee4e741667b2493c742b60b6218d40b3aa
> Author: Oliver Neukum < <javascript:;>>
> Date:   Tue Mar 12 14:52:42 2013 +0100
>     USB: cdc-wdm: fix buffer overflow
>     The buffer for responses must not overflow.
>     If this would happen, set a flag, drop the data and return
>     an error after user space has read all remaining data.
>     Signed-off-by: Oliver Neukum < <javascript:;>>
>     CC: <javascript:;>
>     Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <<javascript:;>
> >

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