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Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2014 19:19:27 +0530 (IST)
From: P J P <>
To: oss security list <>
cc: Andy Lutomirski <>
Subject: Re: CVE Request: Linux x86_64 userspace address

+-- On Thu, 18 Dec 2014, Andy Lutomirski wrote --+
| On all* Linux x86_64 kernels, malicious user programs can learn the
| TLS base addresses of threads** that they preempt.
| In principle, this bug will allow programs to partially bypass ASLR
| when attacking other user programs.  Figuring out how to adapt the
| test code to do that is left as an exercise to the reader.
| ** The attack won't work against 64-bit threads with TLS bases > 4GB,
| but AFAIK that's unusual.

  It seems to require 32bit interfaces(CONFIG_X86_32). On x86_64 Fedora/RHEL 
kernels, it says:

$ cat /etc/redhat-release 
Fedora release 21 (Twenty One)
$ cc -xc -o estest estest.c 
$ cc -xc -o gsbasetest gsbasetest.c 
$ ./estest 
estest: set_thread_area: Function not implemented
$ ./gsbasetest 
[OK]    ARCH_SET_GS worked
[OK]    Writing 0 to gs worked
[FAIL]  gsbase was corrupted

Prasad J Pandit / Red Hat Product Security Team
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