NetBSD ICMPv6 Processing Flaw Lets Remote Users Deny Service
SecurityTracker Alert ID: 1021111|
SecurityTracker URL: http://securitytracker.com/id/1021111
(Links to External Site)
Date: Oct 28 2008
Denial of service via network|
Fix Available: Yes Vendor Confirmed: Yes |
Version(s): 3.0, 3.1, 4.0|
A vulnerability was reported in the NetBSD kernel's IPv6 stack. A remote user can cause denial of service conditions.|
A remote user can send a specially crafted ICMPv6 'Packet Too Big Message' to trigger a kernel panic.
Systems configured to process IPv6 packets that have active IPv6 TCP sockets are affected.
Tom Parker and Bjoern A. Zeeb reported this vulnerability.
A remote user can cause the target system to crash.|
The vendor has issued a source code fix.|
The vendor's advisory is available at:
Vendor URL: ftp.netbsd.org/pub/NetBSD/security/advisories/NetBSD-SA2008-015.txt.asc (Links to External Site)
Input validation error|
Source Message Contents
Subject: NetBSD Security Advisory 2008-015: ICMPv6 Packet Too Big messages|
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NetBSD Security Advisory 2008-015
Topic: ICMPv6 Packet Too Big messages
Version: NetBSD-current: affected
NetBSD 4.0.*: not affected
NetBSD 4.0: affected
NetBSD 3.1.*: affected
NetBSD 3.1: affected
NetBSD 3.0.*: affected
NetBSD 3.0: affected
Severity: Denial of service
Fixed: NetBSD-current: October 03, 2008
NetBSD-4-0 branch: October 03, 2008
(4.0.1 includes the fix)
NetBSD-4 branch: October 03, 2008
(4.1 will include the fix)
NetBSD-3-1 branch: October 03, 2008
(3.1.2 will include the fix)
NetBSD-3-0 branch: October 03, 2008
(3.0.4 will include the fix)
NetBSD-3 branch: October 03, 2008
(3.2 will include the fix)
An error may occur while processing ICMPv6 'Packet Too Big' (RFC 2463)
messages which may result in a denial of service (system panic).
This vulnerability has been assigned CVE-2008-3530.
An error can occur when processing the proposed MTU of an ICMPv6
'Packet Too Big' message.
Solutions and Workarounds
Only kernels compiled with the following option are vulnerable to this issue:
As a temporary workaround recompile the kernel with the above option
commented out. The default NetBSD GENERIC kernels have this
For all NetBSD versions, 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 summarise 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 sys/netinet6/icmp6.c
# ./build.sh 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:
Matt Thomas for the fix and FreeBSD for initial analysis of the issue.
2008-10-27 Initial release
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
http://www.NetBSD.org/ and http://www.NetBSD.org/Security/.
Copyright 2008, The NetBSD Foundation, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Redistribution permitted only in full, unmodified form.
$NetBSD: NetBSD-SA2008-015.txt,v 1.4 2008/10/27 19:47:21 adrianp Exp $
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