Subject: NetBSD Security Advisory 2006-013: sysctl(3) local denial of service
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Date: 04/13/2006 03:32:32
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		 NetBSD Security Advisory 2006-013

Topic:		sysctl(3) local denial of service

Version:	NetBSD-current:	source prior to March 15, 2005
		NetBSD 3.0:	affected
		NetBSD 2.1:     affected
		NetBSD 2.0.*:   affected
		NetBSD 2.0:     affected
		NetBSD 1.6.*:	affected
		NetBSD 1.6:	affected

Severity:	Any local user can crash the system

Fixed:		NetBSD-current:		March 15, 2005
		NetBSD-3-0 branch:	March 24, 2006
						(3.0.1 will include the fix)
		NetBSD-3   branch:	March 24, 2006
		NetBSD-2-1 branch:      March 24, 2006
						(2.1.1 will include the fix)
		NetBSD-2-0 branch:      March 24, 2006
						(2.0.4 will include the fix)
		NetBSD-2 branch:        March 24, 2006


The user supplied buffer where results of the sysctl(3) call are stored is
locked into physical memory without checking its size.  This way, a malicious
user can cause a system lockup by allocating all available physical memory on
most systems.

Technical Details

The system call implementing the sysctl(3) library call tries to lock the user
supplied result buffer into physical memory, to avoid the interferences of
information collection with other system activity.  The size of that buffer is
not checked against system limits.

The VM system checks whether the virtual address of the buffer is part of the
user address space, but since the amount of virtual memory a single user is
able to allocate exceeds the available physical memory on most systems, a
user can cause a system lockup by exhaustion of physical memory.

Solutions and Workarounds

For all NetBSD versions, you need to obtain fixed kernel sources,
rebuild and install the new kernel, and reboot the system.

The fixed source may be obtained from the NetBSD CVS repository.

The following instructions briefly summarise how to upgrade your
kernel.  In these instructions, replace:

  ARCH     with your architecture (from uname -m), and 
  KERNCONF with the name of your kernel configuration file.

To update from CVS, re-build, and re-install the kernel:

        # cd src
        # cvs update -d -P sys/kern/kern_sysctl.c
	# ./ kernel=KERNCONF
	# mv /netbsd /netbsd.old
	# cp sys/arch/ARCH/compile/obj/KERNCONF/netbsd /netbsd
	# shutdown -r now

For more information on how to do this, see:

Thanks To

Matthias Drochner for PoC code and implementing the fixes.

Revision History

	2006-04-12	Initial release

More Information

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Copyright 2006, The NetBSD Foundation, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.
Redistribution permitted only in full, unmodified form.

$NetBSD: NetBSD-SA2006-013.txt,v 1.4 2006/04/12 22:09:50 adrianp Exp $

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