Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 822821
CVE-2012-2373 kernel: mm: read_pmd_atomic: 32bit PAE pmd walk vs pmd_populate SMP race condition
Last modified: 2015-07-31 11:34:13 EDT
When holding the mmap_sem for reading, pmd_offset_map_lock should only
run on a pmd_t that has been read atomically from the pmdp
pointer, otherwise we may read only half of it leading to this crash.
PID: 11679 TASK: f06e8000 CPU: 3 COMMAND: "do_race_2_panic"
#0 [f06a9dd8] crash_kexec at c049b5ec
#1 [f06a9e2c] oops_end at c083d1c2
#2 [f06a9e40] no_context at c0433ded
#3 [f06a9e64] bad_area_nosemaphore at c043401a
#4 [f06a9e6c] __do_page_fault at c0434493
#5 [f06a9eec] do_page_fault at c083eb45
#6 [f06a9f04] error_code (via page_fault) at c083c5d5
EAX: 01fb470c EBX: fff35000 ECX: 00000003 EDX: 00000100 EBP:
DS: 007b ESI: 9e201000 ES: 007b EDI: 01fb4700 GS: 00e0
CS: 0060 EIP: c083bc14 ERR: ffffffff EFLAGS: 00010246
#7 [f06a9f38] _spin_lock at c083bc14
#8 [f06a9f44] sys_mincore at c0507b7d
#9 [f06a9fb0] system_call at c083becd
EAX: ffffffda EBX: 9e200000 ECX: 00001000 EDX: 6228537f
DS: 007b ESI: 00000000 ES: 007b EDI: 003d0f00
SS: 007b ESP: 62285354 EBP: 62285388 GS: 0033
CS: 0073 EIP: 00291416 ERR: 000000da EFLAGS: 00000286
This should be a longstanding bug affecting x86 32bit PAE without
THP. Only archs with 64bit large pmd_t and 32bit unsigned long should
An unprivileged local user could use this flaw to crash the system.
Created kernel tracking bugs for this issue
Affects: fedora-all [bug 822825]
Added CVE as per http://www.openwall.com/lists/oss-security/2012/05/18/11
kernel-3.4.0-1.fc17 has been pushed to the Fedora 17 stable repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
kernel-3.3.8-1.fc16 has been pushed to the Fedora 16 stable repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
This issue has been addressed in following products:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Via RHSA-2012:0743 https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2012-0743.html
kernel-18.104.22.168-1.fc15 has been pushed to the Fedora 15 stable repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
This issue did not affect the versions of the Linux kernel as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and Red Hat Enterprise MRG. Kernel update RHSA-2012:0743 https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2012-0743.html for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 did address this issue.