Bug 1380286 (CVE-2016-7795)

Summary: CVE-2016-7795 systemd: Assertion failure when PID 1 receives a zero-length message over notify socket
Product: [Other] Security Response Reporter: Adam Mariš <amaris>
Component: vulnerabilityAssignee: Red Hat Product Security <security-response-team>
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Version: unspecifiedCC: aglotov, anemec, apmukher, brubisch, charlieb-fedora-bugzilla, cperry, dwood, ilmis, johannbg, jpazdziora, jwright, ldixon, lnykryn, msekleta, muadda, muhammad.zali, pdwyer, pieter.baele, pkenyon, qguo, redhat-bugzilla, rsawhill, sauchter, security-response-team, slawomir, sreber, ssahani, s, syangsao, systemd-maint-list, systemd-maint, ykawada, zbyszek, zpytela
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A flaw was found in the way systemd handled empty notification messages. A local attacker could use this flaw to make systemd freeze its execution, preventing further management of system services, system shutdown, or zombie process collection via systemd.
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Bug Depends On: 1380175, 1380287, 1381573, 1382284    
Bug Blocks: 1380288    

Description Adam Mariš 2016-09-29 08:22:54 UTC
It was found that systemd fails an assertion in manager_invoke_notify_message when a zero-length message is received over its notification socket. After failing the assertion, PID 1 hangs in the pause system call, making no longer possible to start and stop daemons or cleanly reboot the system. Inetd-style services managed by systemd no longer accept connections.

Since the notification socket, /run/systemd/notify, is world-writable, this allows a local user to perform a denial-of-service attack against systemd.


NOTIFY_SOCKET=/run/systemd/notify systemd-notify ""

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Comment 1 Adam Mariš 2016-09-29 08:23:33 UTC
Created systemd tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1380287]

Comment 3 Tomas Hoger 2016-09-29 10:55:19 UTC
This fix was applied upstream:


Upstream bug also indicates that the problem was likely introduced via this change, added in v219:


Comment 7 Tomas Hoger 2016-09-30 13:11:23 UTC
Additional upstream fixes:


The second commit reverts the original fix linked in comment 3.

Comment 9 Andrej Nemec 2016-10-03 07:26:58 UTC


Comment 12 Tomas Hoger 2016-10-05 11:49:12 UTC
CVE-2016-7796 was moved to a separate bug 1381911, as those CVEs affect different systemd versions.  Only the fix for CVE-2016-7796 make the assert causing CVE-2016-7795 reachable.

Comment 14 errata-xmlrpc 2016-11-04 08:55:43 UTC
This issue has been addressed in the following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

Via RHSA-2016:2610 https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2016-2610.html

Comment 15 errata-xmlrpc 2016-11-09 16:49:13 UTC
This issue has been addressed in the following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 Extended Update Support

Via RHSA-2016:2694 https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2016-2694.html