[UNIX] FreeBSD sendfile Kernel Information Disclosure

From: SecuriTeam (support_at_securiteam.com)
Date: 11/10/05

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      FreeBSD sendfile Kernel Information Disclosure


    The FreeBSD sendfile system call allows a server application (such as an
    HTTP or FTP server) to transmit the contents of a file over a network
    connection without first copying it to application memory.

    The FreeBSD kernel does not clean memory parts before being used with
    sendfile, allowing users to retrieve random information about the system.


    Vulnerable Systems:
     * FreeBSD 4 series
     * FreeBSD 5 series prior to 5.4-RELEASE

    Immune Systems:
     * FreeBSD RELENG_5, 5.4-STABLE
     * FreeBSD RELENG_5_4, 5.4-RELEASE
     * FreeBSD RELENG_5_3, 5.3-RELEASE-p7
     * FreeBSD RELENG_4, 4.11-STABLE
     * FreeBSD RELENG_4_11, 4.11-RELEASE-p2
     * FreeBSD RELENG_4_10, 4.10-RELEASE-p7
     * FreeBSD RELENG_4_8, 4.8-RELEASE-p29

    If the file being transmitted is truncated after the transfer has started
    but before it completes, sendfile will transfer the contents of more or
    less random portions of kernel memory in lieu of the missing part of the

    A local user could create a large file and truncate it while transferring
    it to himself, thus obtaining a copy of portions of system memory to which
    he would normally not have access. Such memory might contain sensitive
    information, such as portions of the file cache or terminal buffers. This
    information might be directly useful, or it might be leveraged to obtain
    elevated privileges in some way. For example, a terminal buffer might
    include a user-entered password.

    CVE Information:


    The information has been provided by FreeBSD Security.
    The original article can be found at:
    <ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/CERT/advisories/FreeBSD-SA-05:02.sendfile.asc> ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/CERT/advisories/FreeBSD-SA-05:02.sendfile.asc


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