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Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2011 21:46:29 -0500
From: Jon Oberheide <>
Cc: Josh Bressers <>, Timo Warns <>
Subject: Re: CVE request: kernel: fs/partitions: Kernel heap
 overflow via corrupted LDM partition tables

On Thu, 2011-02-24 at 09:25 +0800, Eugene Teo wrote:
> On 02/24/2011 03:59 AM, Josh Bressers wrote:
> > ----- Original Message -----
> >>
> >> The kernel automatically evaluates partition tables of storage devices.
> >> The code for evaluating LDM partitions (in fs/partitions/ldm.c) contains
> >> a bug that allows to overflow the kernel heap. It may be possible to
> >> escalate privileges by exploiting this bug.
> >>
> >> (This bug is distinct from the LDM bug reported by Eugene Teo on
> >> 2011-02-23.)
> >>
> >> This should affect both, 2.4 and 2.6 kernel. As a prerequisite,
> >> CONFIG_LDM_PARTITION needs to be set.
> >>
> >
> > Can you point to a commit message or something else that is public? It's
> > not clear how this differs from Eugene's request.
> As far as I can tell, it's not public yet. Timo will follow-up once his 
> patch is accepted.

The advisory Timo posted mentioned ldm_frag_add() so it's public for all
practical purposes at this point:

static bool ldm_frag_add (const u8 *data, int size, struct list_head
        f = kmalloc (sizeof (*f) + size*num, GFP_KERNEL);
        if (!f) {
                ldm_crit ("Out of memory.");
                return false;
        memcpy (f->data+rec*(size-VBLK_SIZE_HEAD)+VBLK_SIZE_HEAD, data,
        return true;

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