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NetBSD Security Advisory 2013-011: embryonic TCP sockets local DoS

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                NetBSD Security Advisory 2013-011

Topic:          embryonic TCP sockets local DoS

Version:        NetBSD-current:         source prior to Nov 2nd, 2013
                NetBSD 6.1 - 6.1.2:     affected
                NetBSD 6.0 - 6.0.2:     affected
                NetBSD 5.1 - 5.1.2:     not affected
                NetBSD 5.2:             not affected

Severity:       local DoS

Fixed:          NetBSD-current:         Nov 2nd, 2013
                NetBSD-6-0 branch:      Nov 25th, 2013
                NetBSD-6-1 branch:      Nov 25th, 2013
                NetBSD-6 branch:        Nov 25th, 2013

Teeny versions released later than the fix date will contain the fix.

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


Recently two vulnerabilities in the area of embryonic sockets have been
fixed. Both issues are due to a socket not having credentials set during
a very short timeframe of its creation, and can lead to a user causing
a panic by timing a tcpdrop just right.

Technical Details

The network code adds new connections to the connection table
in an interrupt and references a socket from this table. The
socket is also added to the accept queue of the listening socket.

At this point the socket has no credentials, but tcpdrop can
find it in the connection table and crash the system, for the first
issue by looking up its credentials and hitting an assertion, and in
the second version by referencing a NULL pointer.

Solutions and Workarounds

Install and reboot to a kernel containing the fixes.

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 newer than the
fix date for the branch you are using 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/netinet/tcp_usrreq.c:
        Branch          NEWVERSION
        HEAD            1.168

Versions of src/sys/kern/uipc_socket.c:
        Branch          NEWVERSION
        HEAD            1.220

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

        # cd src
        # cvs update -rNEWVERSION src/sys/netinet/tcp_usrreq.c
        # cvs update -rNEWVERSION src/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

Thanks to Brian Marcotte for finding the issues and Christos Zoulas and
Michael van Elst for developing fixes.

Revision History

        2013-11-27      Initial release

More Information

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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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