Bug 850449 (CVE-2012-3520)

Summary: CVE-2012-3520 kernel: af_netlink: invalid handling of SCM_CREDENTIALS passing
Product: [Other] Security Response Reporter: Petr Matousek <pmatouse>
Component: vulnerabilityAssignee: Red Hat Product Security <security-response-team>
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Version: unspecifiedCC: bhu, fweimer, iboverma, jkacur, jneedle, lgoncalv, mcressma, rt-maint, security-response-team, williams
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Bug Depends On: 850685, 850687, 850688    
Bug Blocks: 850459    

Description Petr Matousek 2012-08-21 11:28:07 EDT
A flaw was found in the way Netlink messages without explicitly set SCM_CREDENTIALS were delivered. The kernel passes all-zero SCM_CREDENTIALS ancillary data to the receiver if the sender did not provide such data, instead of including the correct data from the peer (as it is the case with AF_UNIX). Programs that set SO_PASSCRED option on the Netlink socket and rely on SCM_CREDENTIALS for authentication might accept spoofed messages and perform privileged actions on behalf of the unprivileged attacker.

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Red Hat would like to thank Pablo Neira Ayuso for reporting this issue.
Comment 1 Petr Matousek 2012-08-21 11:30:14 EDT

This issue did not affect the versions of the Linux kernel as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6 as they did not backport the commit that introduced this issue. Future kernel updates for Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2 may address this issue.
Comment 6 Petr Matousek 2012-08-22 03:16:48 EDT
Created kernel tracking bugs for this issue

Affects: fedora-all [bug 850688]
Comment 8 errata-xmlrpc 2012-12-04 14:58:56 EST
This issue has been addressed in following products:

  MRG for RHEL-6 v.2

Via RHSA-2012:1491 https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2012-1491.html