Bug 715436 - (CVE-2011-2484) CVE-2011-2484 kernel: taskstats: duplicate entries in listener mode can lead to DoS
CVE-2011-2484 kernel: taskstats: duplicate entries in listener mode can lead ...
Status: CLOSED ERRATA
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Red Hat Product Security
public=20110616,reported=20110622,sou...
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Depends On: 715447 715448 715449 715450 715451
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Reported: 2011-06-22 17:55 EDT by Petr Matousek
Modified: 2015-07-31 02:41 EDT (History)
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Description Petr Matousek 2011-06-22 17:55:41 EDT
Currently a single process may register exit handlers unlimited times. It may lead to a bloated listeners chain and very slow process terminations. E.g. after 10KK sent TASKSTATS_CMD_ATTR_REGISTER_CPUMASKs ~300 Mb of kernel memory is stolen for the handlers chain and "time id" shows 2-7 seconds instead of normal 0.003.  It makes it possible to exhaust all kernel memory and to eat much of CPU time by triggerring numerous exits on a single CPU ie it makes it possible for unprivileged user eat kernel memory and CPU without triggering OOM killer.

Introduced in f9fd8914c1acca0d98b69d831b128d5b52f03c51.

References:
http://seclists.org/oss-sec/2011/q2/664
http://lists.openwall.net/linux-kernel/2011/06/16/605

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Red Hat would like to thank Vasiliy Kulikov of Openwall for reporting this issue.
Comment 3 Eugene Teo (Security Response) 2011-06-29 02:04:54 EDT
Upstream commit:
http://git.kernel.org/linus/26c4caea9d697043cc5a458b96411b86d7f6babd
Comment 4 Eugene Teo (Security Response) 2011-06-29 04:12:45 EDT
Statement:

This issue did not affect the versions of Linux kernel as shipped with Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 4 as it did not provide support for the Taskstats interface. This was fixed in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, 6, and Red Hat Enterprise MRG via https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2011-1386.html, https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2011-1350.html and https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2011-1253.html.
Comment 7 errata-xmlrpc 2011-09-12 15:45:44 EDT
This issue has been addressed in following products:

  MRG for RHEL-6 v.2

Via RHSA-2011:1253 https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2011-1253.html
Comment 8 errata-xmlrpc 2011-10-05 17:47:47 EDT
This issue has been addressed in following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

Via RHSA-2011:1350 https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2011-1350.html
Comment 9 errata-xmlrpc 2011-10-20 13:28:48 EDT
This issue has been addressed in following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

Via RHSA-2011:1386 https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2011-1386.html

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