Bug 152403 - CAN-2005-0400 ext2 mkdir() directory entry random kernel memory leak
CAN-2005-0400 ext2 mkdir() directory entry random kernel memory leak
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Dave Jones
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2005-03-29 05:14 EST by Mark J. Cox (Product Security)
Modified: 2015-01-04 17:18 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-04-11 18:07:31 EDT
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Description Mark J. Cox (Product Security) 2005-03-29 05:14:12 EST
A flaw was discovered in ext2 filesystem support affecting 2.4 and 2.6 kernels.
 When a new directory is created, the ext2 block written to disk is not
initialized, leading to an information leak.

The following script can easily show the problem on Linux 2.4 and 2.6:

dd if=/dev/zero of=$FILE bs=1k count=8192
mke2fs -F -b 1024 -m0 $FILE
mount -o loop $FILE mnt
for D in `seq 500` ; do mkdir mnt/$D ; done
umount mnt

Using 'strings foo' will reveal the information leak in the file.

Patch committed upstream, see

        fixed=2.6-bk (20050325
        fixed=2.4-bk (20050325 

Fixed already in FEDORA-2005-262 for FC2

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