Kernel Bug Tracker – Bug 43151
hugetlb: use after free bug in "quota" handling
Last modified: 2014-01-10 20:47:20 UTC
Created attachment 73047 [details]
Example code - will create an oops on a machine running a debug kernel
Description of problem:
There is a use after free bug in the kernel hugetlb code. The bug can allow an
authenticated, unprivileged local attacker to crash the system (and possibly
gain higher privileges) if huge pages are enabled in the system.
A fix has been committed to linux-next, commit
90481622d75715bfcb68501280a917dbfe516029 "hugepages: fix use after free bug in
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
The bug exists in kernel versions 2.6.24 and above.
The attached tarball includes an example code which utilizes a fuse mount with
O_DIRECT flag to reproduce the issue. The code will work only on kernels 2.6.32
and above since it uses the new "anonymous mapping" API for getting huge pages.
Similar reproduction is possible when using the shmem API or the hugetlbfs API.
Stock kernel might not crash, debug kernel will detect the corruption and kill
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Untar the attached file
2. Run run_test.sh. The fuse-devel package and sudo rights are required for the
fuse mount. Sudo rights are also required for enabling huge pages.
3. Observe the kernel crash when running debug kernel. Normal kernels will
(usually) not crash, as the slab allocator will not return the memory blocks to
the system general pool for a while.
An oops is printed, and the requesting process is killed (if using debug kernel). Silent memory corruption happens if debug features are disabled.
The process should exit without a kernel oops.
Verified on stock kernel 3.3. Buggy code exists since kernel 2.6.24.