[FEISTY] CVE-2007-1357: [APPLETALK]: Fix a remotely triggerable crash

Phillip lougher phillip at lougher.demon.co.uk
Tue May 1 23:49:03 UTC 2007


>From e07e67ac079deb5cd9b42bc110aa90a0119186db Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Jean Delvare <jdelvare at suse.de>
Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2007 23:52:46 -0700
Subject: [PATCH] [APPLETALK]: Fix a remotely triggerable crash (CVE-2007-1357)

When we receive an AppleTalk frame shorter than what its header says,
we still attempt to verify its checksum, and trip on the BUG_ON() at
the end of function atalk_sum_skb() because of the length mismatch.

This has security implications because this can be triggered by simply
sending a specially crafted ethernet frame to a target victim,
effectively crashing that host. Thus this qualifies, I think, as a
remote DoS. Here is the frame I used to trigger the crash, in npg
format:

<Appletalk Killer>
{

  XX XX XX XX XX XX  # Destination MAC
  00 00 00 00 00 00  # Source MAC
  00 1D              # Length

  AA AA 03
  08 00 07 80 9B  # Appletalk

  00 1B        # Packet length (invalid)
  00 01        # Fake checksum
  00 00 00 00  # Destination and source networks
  00 00 00 00  # Destination and source nodes and ports

  0C 0D 0E 0F 10 11 12 13
  14
}

The destination MAC address must be set to those of the victim.

The severity is mitigated by two requirements:
* The target host must have the appletalk kernel module loaded. I
  suspect this isn't so frequent.
* AppleTalk frames are non-IP, thus I guess they can only travel on
  local networks. I am no network expert though, maybe it is possible
  to somehow encapsulate AppleTalk packets over IP.

The bug has been reported back in June 2004:
  http://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=2979
But it wasn't investigated, and was closed in July 2006 as both
reporters had vanished meanwhile.

This code was new in kernel 2.6.0-test5:
  http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/tglx/history.git;a=commitdiff;h=7ab442d7e0a76402c12553ee256f756097cae2d2
And not modified since then, so we can assume that vanilla kernels
2.6.0-test5 and later, and distribution kernels based thereon, are
affected.

Note that I still do not know for sure what triggered the bug in the
real-world cases. The frame could have been corrupted by the kernel if
we have a bug hiding somewhere. But more likely, we are receiving the
faulty frame from the network.

Signed-off-by: Jean Delvare <jdelvare at suse.de>
Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <davem at davemloft.net>
---
 net/appletalk/ddp.c |    7 +++++--
 1 files changed, 5 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/net/appletalk/ddp.c b/net/appletalk/ddp.c
index 3a70522..7c69506 100644
--- a/net/appletalk/ddp.c
+++ b/net/appletalk/ddp.c
@@ -1417,10 +1417,13 @@ static int atalk_rcv(struct sk_buff *skb, struct net_device *dev,
 	/*
 	 * Size check to see if ddp->deh_len was crap
 	 * (Otherwise we'll detonate most spectacularly
-	 * in the middle of recvmsg()).
+	 * in the middle of atalk_checksum() or recvmsg()).
 	 */
-	if (skb->len < sizeof(*ddp))
+	if (skb->len < sizeof(*ddp) || skb->len < (len_hops & 1023)) {
+		pr_debug("AppleTalk: dropping corrupted frame (deh_len=%u, "
+			 "skb->len=%u)\n", len_hops & 1023, skb->len);
 		goto freeit;
+	}
 
 	/*
 	 * Any checksums. Note we don't do htons() on this == is assumed to be
-- 
1.4.4.2





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