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Date: Sat, 05 Jul 2014 23:22:36 +0200
From: Yves-Alexis Perez <>
Cc:, Ben Hutchings <>
Subject: Re: CVE-2014-4699: Linux ptrace bug

On sam., 2014-07-05 at 22:25 +0400, Solar Designer wrote:
> Here are some distro vendor status pages on this bug:
> "x86_64,ptrace: Enforce RIP <= TASK_SIZE_MAX (CVE-2014-4699)"
> Ubuntu has just sent out 7 update announcements (for different of
> their
> supported distros/kernels), USN-2266-1 through USN-2272-1.
> "ptrace,x86: force IRET path after a ptrace_stop()"
> "CVE-2014-4699 Kernel: x86_64,ptrace: Enforce RIP <= TASK_SIZE_MAX"

Hmhm, what are the reasons why the mainline (and opensuse) fix
(b9cd18de4db3c9ffa7e17b0dc0ca99ed5aa4d43a) is to force using IRET
instead of SYSRET, while distros like Ubuntu and Redhat seem to “only”
make sure RIP is canonical?


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