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(NetBSD Issues Fix) FreeBSD pf(4) Scrub Rule Error Lets Remote Users Deny Service
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1015845
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2006-0381   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Mar 30 2006
Impact:   Denial of service via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 1.6, 2.0, 2.1, 3.0
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in FreeBSD in the pf(4) packet filter function. A remote user can cause the kernel to crash. NetBSD is affected.

A remote user can send specially crafted IP packet fragments to trigger a logic error in writing to the pf IP fragment cache when the 'scrub fragment crop' or 'scrub fragment drop-ovl' rules are used. The packet fragment may be inserted twice, causing the kernel to crash.

Systems that do not use pf are not affected.

Systems that do not use the 'scrub fragment crop' or 'scrub fragment drop-ovl' pf rules are also not affected.

The vendor credits Jakob Schlyter and Daniel Hartmeier with reporting this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can cause the kernel to crash.
Solution:   NetBSD has issued a kernel fix.

The NetBSD advisory is available at:

Cause:   State error

Message History:   This archive entry is a follow-up to the message listed below.
Jan 25 2006 FreeBSD pf(4) Scrub Rule Error Lets Remote Users Deny Service

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  NetBSD Security Advisory 2006-004: Denial of services issues with pf

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		 NetBSD Security Advisory 2006-004

Topic:		Denial of services issues with pf

Version:	NetBSD-current:	source prior to January 25, 2006
		NetBSD 3.0:	affected
		NetBSD 2.1:	not affected
		NetBSD 2.0.*:	not affected
		NetBSD 2.0:	not affected
		NetBSD 1.6.*:	not affected
		NetBSD 1.6:	not affected

Severity:	Denial of service

Fixed:		NetBSD-current:		January 25, 2006
		NetBSD-3-0 branch: 	January 28, 2006
						(3.0.1 will include the fix)
		NetBSD-3 branch: 	January 28, 2006


There is a logical bug in pf's scrub fragment cache, which in certain 
configurations may lead to a remotely exploitable denial of service

This vulnerability has been assigned CVE reference CVE-2006-0381.

Technical Details

When 'scrub fragment crop/drop-ovl' is used, certain combinations of fragments
cause double insertion into the fragment cache, which violates an
invariant, and subsequently triggers a kernel panic through KASSERT().

pf is not enabled by default on NetBSD.

Solutions and Workarounds

Do not use 'scrub fragment drop-ovl' or 'scrub fragment crop' rules on NetBSD 
systems where pf has been enabled.

For all NetBSD versions, if you are using pf, you need to obtain
fixed kernel sources, rebuild and install the new kernel, and reboot
the system.

The fixed source may be obtained from the NetBSD CVS repository.

The following instructions briefly summarize how to upgrade your
kernel.  In these instructions, replace:

  ARCH     with your architecture (from uname -m), and 
  KERNCONF with the name of your kernel configuration file.

To update from CVS, re-build, and re-install the kernel:

	# cd src
	# cvs update -d -P src/sys/dist/pf/net/pf_norm.c
	# ./ kernel=KERNCONF
	# mv /netbsd /netbsd.old
	# cp sys/arch/ARCH/compile/obj/KERNCONF/netbsd /netbsd
	# shutdown -r now

For more information on how to do this, see:

Thanks To

Daniel Hartmeier for notification of the issue and a suggested fix.
Peter Postma for implementing the fix in the NetBSD CVS tree.

Revision History

	2006-03-29	Initial release

More Information

Advisories may be updated as new information becomes available.
The most recent version of this advisory (PGP signed) can be found at

Information about NetBSD and NetBSD security can be found at and

Copyright 2006, The NetBSD Foundation, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.
Redistribution permitted only in full, unmodified form.

$NetBSD: NetBSD-SA2006-004.txt,v 1.7 2006/03/29 11:14:28 adrianp Exp $

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