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Date: Wed, 28 May 2014 15:03:55 -0700
From: Greg KH <>
To: Andy Lutomirski <>
Subject: Re: CVE request: Linux kernel DoS with syscall

On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 02:51:16PM -0700, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM, Greg KH <> wrote:
> > On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 02:45:59PM -0700, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> >> Issuing a system call with a random large number will OOPS, depending
> >> on configuration.  A configuration that will enable this bug is:
> >>
> >> # auditctl -a exit,always -S open
> >>
> >> No privilege whatsoever is required to trigger the OOPS.
> >>
> >> It's possible that this can be extended to more than just a DoS --
> >> with some care and willingness to exploit timing attacks, this is a
> >> read of arbitrary single bits in kernel memory.
> >
> > Is there a kernel fix for this anywhere?
> No, but there will be soon.

Great, I see the thread on lkml now, thanks for the heads up.

> The correct fix is, IMO, CONFIG_AUDITSYSCALL=n.  That code is garbage.

No argument from me there...

greg k-h

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