Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2014 12:15:25 -0400 From: Rich Felker <dalias@...c.org> To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Re: Linux kernel futex local privilege escalation (CVE-2014-3153) On Fri, Jun 06, 2014 at 09:04:49AM -0700, Greg KH wrote: > On Fri, Jun 06, 2014 at 11:58:46AM -0400, Rich Felker wrote: > > On Fri, Jun 06, 2014 at 05:43:28PM +0200, rf@...eap.de wrote: > > > Greg> There is someone still maintaining 3.12-stable, why not rely > > > Greg> on those releases if you want that kernel version, instead of > > > Greg> rolling your own? > > > > > > We thankfully do rely on that as our base. In this case though, the > > > patches haven't been ported until this moment. And I can't wait for them > > > to appear since there is no time-line when that will happen ... > > > > Indeed. This is probably the biggest security flaw in Linux in the > > past 5 years (if not the biggest ever) since it allows a full kernel > > compromise even from extremely tight sandboxes. In my opinion, the way > > the announcement was handled was really unprofessional. There should > > have been fixes prepared for, and/or committed into the git repos for, > > all currently maintained releases/branches at the time of the > > announcement. Anything else leaves everybody but users of the big > > mainstream distros scrambling to figure out how to get a > > non-vulnerable kernel that's compatible with their current setups. > > That was planned, but something happened which caused the issue to > "leak" much too early. It was not intentional at all, but rather a > human error. The parties involved are very sorry about it, there was no > malicious intention at all involved. > > Stuff happens, sorry. Thanks for the clarification! Rich
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