Subject: NetBSD Security Advisory 2006-001: Kernfs kernel memory disclosure
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Date: 01/09/2006 09:50:34
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		 NetBSD Security Advisory 2006-001

Topic:		Kernfs kernel memory disclosure

Version:	NetBSD-current:	source prior to November 23, 2005
		NetBSD 3.0:	not affected
		NetBSD 2.1:	affected
		NetBSD 2.0.3:	affected
		NetBSD 2.0:	affected
		NetBSD 1.6:	affected

Severity:	kernel sensitive information can be disclosed

Fixed:		NetBSD-current:		November 23, 2005
		NetBSD-3   branch:	November 24, 2005
		NetBSD-2.1 branch:	November 29, 2005
		NetBSD-2.0 branch:	November 29, 2005
		NetBSD-2   branch:	November 29, 2005
		NetBSD-1.6 branch:	November 29, 2005


The kernfs filesystem does not validate file offsets properly and
a userlevel non-privileged process can read arbitrary kernel memory

Technical Details

The lseek(2) system call for the kernfs file system has insufficient
bounds checking, allowing arbitrary memory locations to be read.

Solutions and Workarounds

A workaround for the issue is to not mount the kernfs file system.

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/miscfs/kernfs/kernfs_vnops.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

Ejovi Nuwere from SecurityLab for reporting the bug and Christos Zoulas
for the fix.

Revision History

	2006-01-09	Initial release

More Information

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

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