Subject: NetBSD Security Advisory 2007-001: Integer overflow in ktruser()
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Date: 03/08/2007 20:01:43
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		 NetBSD Security Advisory 2007-001

Topic:		Integer overflow in ktruser()

Version:	NetBSD-current:	source prior to October 22, 2006
		NetBSD 4.0_BETA2:	not affected
		NetBSD 3.1:		not affected
		NetBSD 3.0.2:		not affected
		NetBSD 3.0.1:		affected
		NetBSD 3.0:		affected
		NetBSD 2.1:		affected
		NetBSD 2.0.*:		affected
		NetBSD 2.0:		affected

Severity:	Local denial of service, Local root compromise

Fixed:		NetBSD-current:		October 22, 2006
		NetBSD-3-0 branch:	October 24, 2006
		NetBSD-3 branch:	October 24, 2006
		NetBSD-2-1 branch:	February 9, 2007	
		NetBSD-2-0 branch:	February 9, 2007
		NetBSD-2 branch:	February 9, 2007


Due to insufficient length checking in ktruser() as used by FreeBSD and
Darwin compatibility code, it is possible for a user to cause an integer 
overflow, resulting in a local denial of service and potentially 
local root compromise.

This vulnerability has been assigned CVE reference CVE-2007-1273.

Solutions and Workarounds

Kernels with FreeBSD and/or Darwin binary emulation are affected, including 
the default GENERIC kernel install.  Users of affected NetBSD versions are 
highly recommended to upgrade their kernel.

Only kernels compiled with the following options are vulnerable to this issue:


As a temporary workaround recompile the kernel with the above options
commented out.

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 sys/kern/kern_ktrace.c \
		sys/sys/ktrace.h \
		sys/compat/freebsd/freebsd_misc.c \
		sys/compat/darwin/darwin_iohidsystem.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

Christer Oberg of BitSec discovered and reported this issue.
Christos Zoulas fixed the code.

Revision History

	2007-03-08	Initial release

More Information

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Copyright 2007, The NetBSD Foundation, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.
Redistribution permitted only in full, unmodified form.

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