[Hardy] [CVE-2010-4258] [PATCH 1/1] do_exit(): make sure that we run with get_fs() == USER_DS
brad.figg at canonical.com
Mon Feb 28 18:40:54 UTC 2011
From: Nelson Elhage <nelhage at ksplice.com>
If a user manages to trigger an oops with fs set to KERNEL_DS, fs is not
otherwise reset before do_exit(). do_exit may later (via mm_release in
fork.c) do a put_user to a user-controlled address, potentially allowing
a user to leverage an oops into a controlled write into kernel memory.
This is only triggerable in the presence of another bug, but this
potentially turns a lot of DoS bugs into privilege escalations, so it's
worth fixing. I have proof-of-concept code which uses this bug along
with CVE-2010-3849 to write a zero to an arbitrary kernel address, so
I've tested that this is not theoretical.
A more logical place to put this fix might be when we know an oops has
occurred, before we call do_exit(), but that would involve changing
every architecture, in multiple places.
Let's just stick it in do_exit instead.
[akpm at linux-foundation.org: update code comment]
Signed-off-by: Nelson Elhage <nelhage at ksplice.com>
Cc: KOSAKI Motohiro <kosaki.motohiro at jp.fujitsu.com>
Cc: <stable at kernel.org>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm at linux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds at linux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Brad Figg <brad.figg at canonical.com>
kernel/exit.c | 9 +++++++++
1 files changed, 9 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
diff --git a/kernel/exit.c b/kernel/exit.c
index 7248df9..a22a2fe 100644
@@ -934,6 +934,15 @@ fastcall NORET_TYPE void do_exit(long code)
+ * If do_exit is called because this processes oopsed, it's possible
+ * that get_fs() was left as KERNEL_DS, so reset it to USER_DS before
+ * continuing. Amongst other possible reasons, this is to prevent
+ * mm_release()->clear_child_tid() from writing to a user-controlled
+ * kernel address.
* We're taking recursive faults here in do_exit. Safest is to just
* leave this task alone and wait for reboot.
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