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Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 14:33:31 -0400
From: Dan Rosenberg <>
To:, coley <>
Subject: CVE request: NetSMB BSD kernel module (minor)

I discovered and reported a minor security issue in the netsmb kernel
module for NetBSD and FreeBSD.  The issue also affects Mac OS X 10.x,
where netsmb is available as a kernel extension.

Several of the subroutines in the netsmb module (see reference below
for vulnerable functions), which are reachable by unprivileged local
users via device ioctls sent to a /dev/nsmb* device, had signedness
errors.  By providing a negative value for a size field for certain
device ioctls (including SMBIOC_LOOKUP and SMBIOC_OPENSESSION for
*BSD), a size check will be bypassed and a memory overallocation will
occur, causing a kernel panic.  NetBSD committed their fix to CVS

Dan Rosenberg

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