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Category:   OS (Linux)  >   Linux Kernel Vendors:
Linux Kernel Buffer Overflow in ldm_frag_add() May Let Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1025128
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2011-1017   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Feb 25 2011
Impact:   Root access via local system, User access via local system
Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 2.4.x, 2.6.x
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in the Linux Kernel. A local user may be able to obtain elevated privileges on the target system.

A physically local user can connect a storage device with a specially crafted LDM partition table to trigger a buffer overflow in the ldm_frag_add() function in 'fs/partitions/ldm.c' and potentially execute arbitrary code with elevated privileges.

The original advisory is available at:

Timo Warns (PRESENSE Technologies GmbH) reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.
Solution:   No solution was available at the time of this entry.

A patch is being developed.

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Date:  Wed, 23 Feb 2011 16:23:18 +0100
Subject:  [PRE-SA-2011-01] Multiple Linux kernel vulnerabilities in partition handling code of LDM and MAC partition tables

# PRE-CERT Security Advisory #

* Advisory: PRE-SA-2011-01
* Released on: 23 Feb 2011
* Last updated on: 23 Feb 2011
* Affected product: Linux Kernel 2.4 and 2.6
* Impact: - privilege Escalation
          - denial-of-service
          - disclosure of sensitive information
* Origin: storage devices
* CVE Identifier: - CVE-2011-1010

## Summary ##

Timo Warns (PRESENSE Technologies GmbH) reported some vulnerabilities in
the Linux kernel that may lead to privilege escalation,
denial-of-service, or information leakage via corrupted partition
tables. Exploiting these vulnerabilities has been demonstrated by a "USB
Stick of Death" that crashes the Linux kernel upon connecting the stick.

The kernel automatically evaluates partition tables of storage devices.
Note that this happens independently of whether auto-mounting is enabled
or not. The code for evaluating MAC and LDM partition tables contains the
following vulnerabilities:

* CVE-2011-1010
  A buffer overflow bug in mac_partition in fs/partitions/mac.c (for MAC
  partition tables) allows to cause a denial-of-service (kernel panic)
  via a corrupted MAC partition table.

  For a patch, see

* A division-by-zero bug in ldm_get_vblks in fs/partitions/ldm.c (for
  LDM partition tables) allows to cause a denial-of-service (kernel
  oops) via a corrupted LDM partition table.

  For a patch, see

* A buffer overflow bug in ldm_frag_add in fs/partitions/ldm.c (for LDM
  partition tables) may allow to escalate privileges or to disclose
  sensitive information via a corrupted LDM partition table.

## Workaround ##

Compile and use a kernel that does not evaluate MAC and LDM partition
tables. The corresponding configuration keys are CONFIG_MAC_PARTITION

## References ##

When further information becomes available, this advisory will be
updated. The most recent version of this advisory is available at:

## Contact ##

PRE-CERT can be reached under For PGP
key information, refer to

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