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Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:27:54 -0700
From: Andy Lutomirski <>
To: oss security list <>
Subject: CVE Request: Linux x86_64 NT flag issue

When I fixed Linux's NT flag handling, I added an optimization to
Linux 3.19 and up.  A malicious 32-bit program might be able to leak
NT into an unrelated task.  On a CONFIG_PREEMPT=y kernel, this is a
straightforward DoS.  On a CONFIG_PREEMPT=n kernel, it's probably
still exploitable for DoS with some more care.

I believe that this could be used for privilege escalation, too, but
it won't be easy.

The fix is just to revert the optimization:

Mitigation: CONFIG_IA32_EMULATION=n.  Seccomp does *not* mitigate this bug.


P.S. This is yet another x86 mis-design leading to garbage results.

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