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Linux Kernel cpuset_tasks_read() Memory Disclosure Lets Local Users View Portions of Kernel Memory
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1018211
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1018211
CVE Reference:   CVE-2007-2875   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jun 8 2007
Impact:   Disclosure of system information
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 2.6 prior to 2.6.20.13 and 2.6.21.4
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Linux Kernel. A local user can view portions of kernel memory.

A local user can exploit the cpuset_tasks_read() function to trigger an integer underflow, allowing the user to view potentially sensitive information from kernel memory.

Only systems with the cpuset file system mounted are affected [not the default configuration].

The vendor was notified on April 27, 2007.

iDefense reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user can view portions of kernel memory.
Solution:   The vendor has issued fixed versions (2.6.20.13 and 2.6.21.4).

The advisories area available at:

http://kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.6/ChangeLog-2.6.20.13
http://kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.6/ChangeLog-2.6.21.4

Vendor URL:  www.kernel.org/ (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error

Message History:   This archive entry has one or more follow-up message(s) listed below.
Sep 13 2007 (Red Hat Issues Fix) Linux Kernel cpuset_tasks_read() Memory Disclosure Lets Local Users View Portions of Kernel Memory
Red Hat has released a fix for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.



 Source Message Contents

Subject:  iDefense Security Advisory 06.07.07: Linux Kernel cpuset tasks

Linux Kernel cpuset tasks Information Disclosure Vulnerability

iDefense Security Advisory 06.07.07
http://labs.idefense.com/intelligence/vulnerabilities/
Jun 07, 2007

I. BACKGROUND

Linux is a clone of the UNIX operating system, written from scratch by
Linus Torvalds with assistance from a loosely-knit team of hackers
across the Internet. The cpuset functionality allows process to be
assigned to processors on multi-processor machines.

II. DESCRIPTION

Local exploitation of an information disclosure vulnerability within the
Linux Kernel allows attackers to obtain sensitive information from
kernel memory.

This vulnerability specifically exists in the "cpuset_tasks_read"
function. This function is responsible for supplying user-land
processes with data when they read from the /dev/cpuset/tasks file. The
code excerpt below shows the problem area.

  1754          if (*ppos + nbytes > ctr->bufsz)
  1755                  nbytes = ctr->bufsz - *ppos;
  1756          if (copy_to_user(buf, ctr->buf + *ppos, nbytes))

By reading from an offset (*ppos) larger than the contents of the file,
an attacker can cause an integer underflow to occur in the subtraction
on line 1755. This will result in the "copy_to_user" function on line
1756 to be called with a memory address located at a lower address than
the start of the intended buffer. This memory could potentially contain
sensitive information such as security tokens or passwords.

III. ANALYSIS

Exploitation of this vulnerability allows attackers to obtain sensitive
information from kernel memory.

In order to exploit this vulnerability, an attacker would need access to
open the /dev/cpuset/tasks file. It is important to note that this file
does not exist unless the cpuset file system has been mounted.
Additionally, this functionality is not included by default in a
vanilla kernel build.

Furthermore, because of checks at the VFS layer and in the
'copy_to_user()' function, an attacker cannot use arbitrary values.
However, on 32-bit systems it is easily exploitable.

IV. DETECTION

iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in version
2.6.20 of the Linux Kernel as installed with Fedora CORE 6. It is
suspected that previous versions, at least until 2.6.12, are also
vulnerable.

V. WORKAROUND

In order to prevent exploitation of this vulnerability, discontinue use
of the cpuset file system. This can be accomplished by un-mounting the
file system using the "umount" command.

VI. VENDOR RESPONSE

The Linux kernel team has released versions 2.6.20.13 and 2.6.21.4 to
address this vulnerability. More information can be found via the
following URLs.

http://kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.6/ChangeLog-2.6.20.13

http://kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.6/ChangeLog-2.6.21.4

VII. CVE INFORMATION

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-2875 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
security problems.

VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE

04/27/2007  Initial vendor notification
06/04/2007  Second vendor notification
06/04/2007  Initial vendor response
06/07/2007  Coordinated public disclosure

IX. CREDIT

The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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at the time of publishing based on currently available information. Use
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indirect, or consequential loss or damage arising from use of, or
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