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[Florian.Weimer@RUS.UNI-STUTTGART.DE: Re: Linux kernel sysctl() vulnerability]

I don't think we have a security advisory out for this particular 
kernel bug; is anyone working/going to be working on this?

An Thi-Nguyen Le
|	"I used to go to UCLA, but then my Dad got a job."
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Chris Evans <chris@SCARY.BEASTS.ORG> writes:

> There exists a Linux system call sysctl() which is used to query and
> modify runtime system settings. Unprivileged users are permitted to query
> the value of many of these settings.

It appears that all current Linux kernel version (2.2.x and 2.4.x) are
vulnerable.  Right?

Was it really necessary to release this stuff just before the weekend?

The following trivial patch should fix this issue. (I wonder how you
can audit code for such vulnerabilities.  It's probably much easier to
rewrite it in Ada. ;-)

--- sysctl.c    2001/02/10 09:42:12     1.1
+++ sysctl.c    2001/02/10 09:42:26
@@ -1123,7 +1123,7 @@
                  void *oldval, size_t *oldlenp,
                  void *newval, size_t newlen, void **context)
-       int l, len;
+       unsigned l, len;

        if (!table->data || !table->maxlen)
                return -ENOTDIR;

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