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Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:48:01 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: Linux 3.4+: arbitrary write with CONFIG_X86_X32 (CVE-2014-0038)

On Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 07:18:33PM +0100, wrote:
> >>>>> "SD" == Solar Designer <> writes:
>     SD> Even though the issue was easy to patch, I nevertheless find
>     SD> this impressively quick for a major distro like Ubuntu, and this
>     SD> probably justifies the extra day of embargo.
> Yup, was good for us too, so we could double-check that the proposed fix
> from your mail is working OK for others as well, since it hasn't arrived in
> the stable-queue git yet.

I think there's some confusion here.  By "the extra day of embargo" I
was referring to the second day of the issue being known to
linux-distros and, but not made public yet.  So it's
the day right before the oss-security posting.

You're probably referring to the half-day delay between the oss-security
posting and the upstream commit by Linus.

> By the way, Ubuntu used the longer
> original patch, which we used [1] in the end as well (saw too late that Linus
> already committed the shorter one).

That's curious, but not surprising: I guess Ubuntu was already in the
process of testing kernels built with the longer patch when PaX Team
came up with the shorter patch.  Since either patch was considered good
enough and the proposed embargo period was very short, it made sense for
them not to restart the process.

> Coming back to our earlier discussion about linux-distros membership [2]:
> It definitely helped being on the list.

Do you mean being on oss-security?

> Since the patch was trivial,
> we didn't suffer a significant time delay compared to other distros. In
> case of more complicated patches, this could have gotten tough though
> given the fact that the new builds need a significant amount of testing as
> well.
> It would be nice, if we (and others in a similar boat) could get a
> head-start of at least a couple of days (that's how I understood your
> question in [2]). Maybe a "second-class citizen" list could complement
> the linux-distros list with notifications slightly earlier than on
> oss-security.

In this case, it was 2 days of advance notice to all on linux-distros.
I see no point in splitting this further.

> [1]
> [2]

OK, you have demonstrated nicely that you're able to issue advisories
and updates promptly.  Well done!

However, since you ended up updating your kernel based on which fixes
went into Ubuntu's, would you do that any quicker if you were on
linux-distros?  Ubuntu's kernel updates became available only after
public disclosure anyway.  Would you approach fixing this issue in your
kernels differently if you had advance notice (but no access to Ubuntu's
work-in-progress on their updates)?  Of course, you could, by applying
one of PaX Team's patches posted to linux-distros directly, or:

Given the specialized nature of your distro, I think it'd be best for
you to disable x32 support until you possibly include an x32 userland.

BTW, Ubuntu's advisory text (and thus also yours) is slightly wrong:

<grsecurity> Ubuntu's advisory says the vulnerability is in recvmsg.  It should say recvmmsg (newer syscall).


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