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NetBSD Security Advisory 2013-008: Error in authorization check re tcpdrop sysctl

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                 NetBSD Security Advisory 2013-008

Topic:          Error in authorization check re tcpdrop sysctl

Version:        NetBSD-current:         affected prior to Aug 2nd, 2013
                NetBSD 6.1:             affected
                NetBSD 6.0:             affected
                NetBSD 5.2:             not affected
                NetBSD 5.1:             not affected

Severity:       Local Denial of Service

Fixed:          NetBSD-current:         Aug 2nd, 2013
                NetBSD-6 branch:        Aug 2nd, 2013
                NetBSD-6-1 branch:      Aug 2nd, 2013
                NetBSD-6-0 branch:      Aug 2nd, 2013

Please note that NetBSD releases prior to 5.1 are no longer supported.
It is recommended that all users upgrade to a supported release.


Due to a programming error, the authorization check is inverted
in the KAUTH_REQ_NETWORK_SOCKET_DROP sysctl; as a result, users on
affected systems cannot use tcpdrop to terminate their own connections,
only those of others.

Technical Details

The authorization check in src/sys/kern/uipc_socket.c for
        if (proc_uidmatch(cred, so->so_cred))
when it ought to have tested
        if (proc_uidmatch(cred, so->so_cred) == 0)

This is an error in the kernel.

See also

Solutions and Workarounds

To deal with the immediate problem of users using tcpdrop, a
weak mitigation would be to remove access to the tcpdrop binary
for users; the fault would still exist and be exploitable with
self-built tools though.

Install a kernel containing the fix.

The fastest way to do that, if you are running or can run a standard kernel
built as part of the NetBSD release process, is to obtain the corresponding
kernel from the daily NetBSD autobuild output and install it on your system.

You can obtain such kernels from
where they are sorted by NetBSD branch, date, and architecture.  To fix
a system running e.g. NetBSD 6.0 or the stable NetBSD 6.0 branch, the
most appropriate kernel will be the "netbsd-6-0" kernel.

To fix a system running NetBSD-current, the "HEAD" kernel should be used.
In all cases, a kernel from an autobuild dated 20130803 or newer must be
used to fix the problem.

If you cannot use the autobuilt kernels, then for all affected 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.
  NEWVERSION  with the CVS version of the fix

Versions of src/sys/kern/uipc_socket.c:
        Branch          NEWVERSION
        HEAD            1.216

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

        # cd src
        # cvs update -rNEWVERSION sys/kern/uipc_socket.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

Sander Bos for finding the issue, informing security officer and
proposing the fix.

Revision History

        2013-08-02      Initial release

More Information

Advisories may be updated as new information becomes available.
The most recent version of this advisory (PGP signed) can be found at

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Copyright 2013, The NetBSD Foundation, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.
Redistribution permitted only in full, unmodified form.

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