[UNIX] Linux Kernel SCTP-AUTH API Information Disclosure Vulnerability and NULL Pointer Dereferences

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Linux Kernel SCTP-AUTH API Information Disclosure Vulnerability and NULL
Pointer Dereferences


The Linux Kernel contains an information disclosure vulnerability while
parsing the IOCTL SCTP_HMAC_IDENT. Exploitation of this vulnerability can
allow a local unprivileged attacker to gain access to sensitive data.

Additionally, there are various NULL pointer dereferences in the SCTP-AUTH
API. All of the SCTP-AUTH socket options could cause a kernel panic if the
extension is disabled and the API is envoked. Exploitation of these
vulnerabilities can allow an unprivileged attacker to crash the system
(Denial of Service).


Vulnerable Systems:
* Linux Kernel version and prior

Immune Systems:
* Linux Kernel version patched
* Linux Kernel version or newer

Technical description:
From source code file: net/sctp/socket.c

SCTP_STATIC int sctp_getsockopt(struct sock *sk, int level, int optname,
char __user *optval, int __user *optlen)
int retval = 0;
int len;
if (get_user(len, optlen)) <-- [1]
return -EFAULT;
retval = sctp_getsockopt_hmac_ident(sk, len, optval, optlen); <-- [2]

[1] The user controlled value of "optlen" is copied into "len" [2] "len"
is used as a parameter for the function "sctp_getsockopt_hmac_ident()"

static int sctp_getsockopt_hmac_ident(struct sock *sk, int len,
char __user *optval, int __user *optlen)
struct sctp_hmac_algo_param *hmacs;
__u16 param_len;

hmacs = sctp_sk(sk)->ep->auth_hmacs_list; <-- [3]
param_len = ntohs(hmacs->param_hdr.length); <-- [4]

if (len < param_len) <-- [5]
return -EINVAL;
if (put_user(len, optlen))
return -EFAULT;
if (copy_to_user(optval, hmacs->hmac_ids, len)) <-- [6]
return -EFAULT;

return 0;

If SCTP authentication is disabled (net.sctp.auth_enable=0):

[3] "hmacs" gets NULL
[4] "hmacs->param_hdr.length" leads to a NULL pointer dereference

That's one example of the mentioned NULL pointer dereferences in the
SCTP-AUTH API. For more examples see [1].

If SCTP authentication is enabled (net.sctp.auth_enable=1):
[3] "hmacs" gets a valid value
[4] "param_len" gets a valid value
[5] The length check can be easily passed as "len" is user controlled
[6] "len" is a user controlled value, therefore it is possible to control
the number of bytes that get copied back to the user

As "len" isn't validated at all an unprivileged user can read arbitrary
data from memory.

The Linux Kernel maintainers have addressed these vulnerabilities within
version More information can be found from the URLs shown below:

<http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-2.6.26.y.git;a=commit;h=be9467bd75b522a3db0369c12db739f797cfec6a> http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-2.6.26.y.git;a=commit;h=be9467bd75b522a3db0369c12db739f797cfec6a

2008/08/20 - Initial notification of kernel maintainers
2008/08/20 - Initial response from kernel maintainers
2008/09/08 - Fix provided
2008/09/09 - Public disclosure

<http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-2.6.26.y.git;a=commit;h=be9467bd75b522a3db0369c12db739f797cfec6a> http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-2.6.26.y.git;a=commit;h=be9467bd75b522a3db0369c12db739f797cfec6a
[2] <http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.6/ChangeLog->

CVE Information:


The information has been provided by <mailto:tk@xxxxxxxxxx> Tobias Klein.
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