CVE-2014-0196: kernel memory corruption via a race in pty write handling

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Environment

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 3 (SLES 11 SP3)

Situation

This is a critical security issue reported as VUL-0: CVE-2014-0196. That is a race condition in pty (pseudo terminal) write buffer handling that can be used by local attackers to corrupt kernel memory and so cause a system crash or potentially code execution.

Resolution

The fixes for both issues are available and have been published. Update the kernel to the current version, or at least to 3.0.101-0.29.1 by using the usual update channels. 

Cause

Engineering (Jiri) does think that the issue has been introduced by a rework of the pty layer to use the normal buffering logic in 2.6.31-rc3 (d945cb9cce20ac7143c2de8d88b187f62db99bdc). Until then the pty was writing directly to a line discipline without using buffers.

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  • Document ID:7015061
  • Creation Date: 15-May-2014
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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