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Bug 53693 - System crash kernel hang sending data to socket as normal user
System crash kernel hang sending data to socket as normal user
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
medium Severity medium
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Assigned To: David Miller
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2001-09-15 08:28 EDT by Scott Porter
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-12-18 09:14:51 EST
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Description Scott Porter 2001-09-15 08:28:11 EDT
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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 5.0)

Description of problem:
While testing a java server, I wrote a small C program to send data out to 
a socket. I created a bug, which meant a large amount of data was pushed 
in one write, the data itself didn't exist (pointer error).

The result, which is easily replicated, is a complete system crash, even 
though the program itself is not running as root. Possible exploit? 
Everything stops; network, video, keyboard, disk. No logs are generated so 
far as I can tell.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Download the tarball from the URL I supplied above.
2. Either build the program, or run the included version.
3. Watch everything stop :-)

Actual Results:  System crash.

Expected Results:  System running :-) Program should send data out to 
socket. Expected a segfault due to bug.

Additional info:
Comment 1 David Miller 2001-09-20 19:52:53 EDT
You don't mention which kernel version or rpm you are using.
Nevertheless can you try to reproduce this with our latest
errata kernels?

There was a similar bug like this at one point, and it may be
present in the kernel which shipped in 7.1
Comment 2 Scott Porter 2001-09-21 04:28:16 EDT
Ok, this is the stock install of RH 7.1. on various hardware (same results on 
each). No changes to the Kernel (normal kernel, not Enterprise or SMP). Apart 
from the Ximian desktop, the install is standard in each case. I'll download 
the errata rpms to test (will take a while, I'm on a modem!)
Comment 3 Michael K. Johnson 2002-01-18 15:11:33 EST
Please try updating to the errata release first.  You can use up2date
to do so.

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