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Date: Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:23:13 +0000
From: Armis Security <>
To: "" <>
Subject: Info Leak in the Linux Kernel via Bluetooth


We are writing to disclose an information leak vulnerability in the
Bluetooth stack of the Linux Kernel (BlueZ).
This vulnerability has been disclosed to the Kernel's security team (, and a patch for it is in stages of review.
This patch is also attached here.

This vulnerability lies in the processing of incoming L2CAP commands -
ConfigRequest, and ConfigResponse messages.
This info leak is a result of uninitialized stack variables that may be
returned to an attacker in their uninitialized state.
By manipulating the code flows that precede the handling of these
configuration messages, an attacker can also gain some control over which
data will be held in the uninitialized stack variables.
This can allow him to bypass KASLR, and stack canaries protection - as both
pointers and stack canaries may be leaked in this manner.

Combining this vulnerability (for example) with the previously disclosed
RCE vulnerability in L2CAP configuration parsing (CVE-2017-1000251) may
allow an attacker to exploit the RCE against kernels which were built with
the above mitigations.

These are the specifics of this vulnerability:
In the function l2cap_parse_conf_rsp and in the function
l2cap_parse_conf_req the following variable is declared without

struct l2cap_conf_efs efs;

In addition, when parsing input configuration parameters in both of these
functions, the switch case for handling EFS elements may skip the memcpy
call that will write to the efs variable:

if (olen == sizeof(efs))
memcpy(&efs, (void *)val, olen);

The olen in the above if is attacker controlled, and regardless of that if,
in both of these functions the efs variable would eventually be added to
the outgoing configuration request that is being built:

l2cap_add_conf_opt(&ptr, L2CAP_CONF_EFS, sizeof(efs), (unsigned long) &efs);

So by sending a configuration request, or response, that contains an
L2CAP_CONF_EFS element, but with an element length that is not sizeof(efs)
- the memcpy to the uninitialized efs variable can be avoided,
and the uninitialized variable would be returned to the attacker (16 bytes).

A simple patch for avoiding this info leak is attached.

Ben Seri,

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