Bug 220677 - CVE-2006-5753 listxattr syscall can corrupt user space programs [rhel-4.4]
CVE-2006-5753 listxattr syscall can corrupt user space programs [rhel-4.4]
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Eric Sandeen
Brian Brock
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Blocks: CVE-2006-5753
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Reported: 2006-12-22 18:08 EST by Eric Sandeen
Modified: 2008-09-15 22:54 EDT (History)
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Fixed In Version: RHSA-2007-0014
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Last Closed: 2007-01-30 09:44:47 EST
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Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2007:0014 normal SHIPPED_LIVE Important: kernel security update 2007-01-30 09:25:00 EST

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Comment 2 Marcel Holtmann 2007-01-04 03:42:20 EST
The listxattr syscall can corrupt user space under certain circumstances. The
problem seems to be related to signed/unsigned conversion during size promotion.
The function return_EIO returns an int but its used as a ssize_t with a
comparison to 0. This causes the range check to fail and copy_to_user copies way
too much.

The command line "fsfuzz iso9660" can easily reproduce this behavior.

The problem here is the bad_inode_ops, and how they're set up. isofs creates a
bad inode, which is fine, but then any op called from that inode is supposed to
return -EIO via this method:

static int return_EIO(void)
        return -EIO;

#define EIO_ERROR_SSIZE ((void *) (return_EIO_ssize))

static struct inode_operations bad_inode_ops =
        .listxattr      = EIO_ERROR,


ssize_t (*listxattr) (struct dentry *, char *, size_t);

and ssize_t is 64 bits on x86_64 and others, while return_EIO returns only an
int (32 bits everywhere). So thanks to the (void *) cast we don't promote the
type correctly, looks like, and our EIO, -5, 0xfffffffa turns into
0x00000000fffffffa or 4294967291, and we splat all over the user's buffer and
then some.
Comment 4 Jason Baron 2007-01-10 14:29:59 EST
committed in stream U5 build 42.40. A test kernel with this patch is available
from http://people.redhat.com/~jbaron/rhel4/
Comment 6 Mike Gahagan 2007-01-18 13:41:22 EST
When running the test ssize_eio test case on ia64 I'm getting:

[root@test155 bz220677]# ./ssize_eio 
and... error is -5, should be -5
[root@test155 bz220677]# uname -a
Linux test155.test.redhat.com 2.6.9-42.0.6.EL #1 SMP Mon Jan 15 14:43:42 EST
2007 ia64 ia64 ia64 GNU/Linux
... which looks to be correct behavior

However a run on x86_64 returns:

[root@dhcp59-116 bz220677]# uname -a
Linux dhcp59-116.rdu.redhat.com 2.6.9-42.0.6.EL #1 Mon Jan 15 14:43:55 EST 2007
x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
[root@dhcp59-116 bz220677]# ./ssize_eio 
and... error is 4294967291, should be -5

it looks like we still have issues at least on x86_64, although I have gotten a
couple of runs of fsfuzz iso9660 to work without apperant issue. 

I'll try this on a couple of other arch's and see what I get. 

Comment 7 Mike Gahagan 2007-01-18 15:36:03 EST
results for ppc & i386, note that there is no change in the test case output
between -42 and -42.0.7


[root@ibm-js20-04 bz220677]# ./ssize_eio 
and... error is -5, should be -5
[root@ibm-js20-04 bz220677]# uname -a
Linux ibm-js20-04.lab.boston.redhat.com 2.6.9-42.EL #1 SMP Wed Jul 12 23:22:51
EDT 2006 ppc64 ppc64 ppc64 GNU/Linux
[root@ibm-js20-04 bz220677]# ./ssize_eio 
and... error is -5, should be -5
[root@ibm-js20-04 bz220677]# uname -r

[root@dl585-02 bz220677]# ./ssize_eio 
and... error is -5, should be -5
[root@dl585-02 bz220677]# uname -a
Linux dl585-02.rhts.boston.redhat.com 2.6.9-42.0.7.EL #1 Wed Jan 17 16:33:08 EST
2007 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux
[root@dl585-02 bz220677]# ./ssize_eio 
and... error is -5, should be -5
[root@dl585-02 bz220677]# uname -a
Linux dl585-02.rhts.boston.redhat.com 2.6.9-42.ELsmp #1 SMP Wed Jul 12 23:27:17
EDT 2006 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux

Comment 8 Eric Sandeen 2007-01-18 16:13:31 EST
Mike, that ssize_eio program doesn't actually test the kernel, it's just a
userspace demonstration of what was -wrong- with the kernel code as it had been
written.  It will -always- fail, that's how it's written.  

I don't have a very directed testcase for this bug, other than running the
fuzzer on iso9660.

To get more targeted maybe you could save off an iso9660 image that breaks in
this special way on the old kernel, then re-test on an updated kernel.


Comment 9 Mike Gahagan 2007-01-24 15:23:15 EST
so far I've been unable to get an iso9660 out of fsfuzzer that shows this
problem, however I think we have beaten on this one enough times. 

the fix for this is in linux-2.6.9-ext3-sub-second-timestamp.patch which is in
both 42.0.8 as well as -43.el

Comment 11 Red Hat Bugzilla 2007-01-30 09:44:47 EST
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files,
please follow the link below. You may reopen this bug report
if the solution does not work for you.


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