Date: Tue, 30 May 2017 07:51:13 -0400 From: Daniel Micay <danielmicay@...il.com> To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com Cc: Roee Hay <roeehay@...il.com> Subject: Re: Linux kernel: stack buffer overflow with controlled payload in get_options() function On Tue, 2017-05-30 at 12:41 +0100, Simon McVittie wrote: > On Tue, 30 May 2017 at 08:17:54 +0400, Ilya Matveychikov wrote: > > When using get_options() it's possible to specify a range of > > numbers, > > like 1-100500. The problem is that it doesn't track array size while > > calling internally to get_range() which iterates over the range and > > fills the memory with numbers. > > Is there a realistic way in which an attacker can provide Linux kernel > command-line arguments, without being able to achieve arbitrary code > execution via those command-line arguments? > > In other words, is this a security vulnerability, or just a bug? > > (If the attacker can already achieve arbitrary code execution then > this bug does not give them any capability they do not already have.) > > S It's unreasonable to consider the kernel line untrusted. A CVE being issued for one of these issues didn't make sense. If there's verified boot, it needs to cover the kernel command-line. If it doesn't, that's a vulnerability. Memory corruption bugs aren't needed for an attacker to make use of the kernel line. Fixing these bugs makes sense, but treating them as vulnerabilities is just going to turn off the Linux kernel developers to security people even more since it's pretty much nonsense.
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