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Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:26:38 -0700
From: Andy Lutomirski <>
Subject: CVE request: Another Linux syscall auditing bug

On a 32-bit x86 kernel with syscall auditing enabled, syscall(1000)
will cause an OOPS.  This problem goes at least as far back as Linux
3.11 and appears to be present in Linux 3.15 as well.  I suspect that
this bug is very old.

In order to see this bug, you'll need syscall auditing on (auditctl -e
1 will do that) and you'll need 'sep' in flags in /proc/cpuinfo.  That
means that qemu -cpu qemu64 will not be exposed to this bug, but qemu
-cpu host will on any recent CPU.

Mitigations include:
 - Running under ptrace or strace.
 - Using any seccomp filter at all (phew!)
 - Turning off SEP (which is a big slowdown on all syscalls)
 - auditctl -a task,never

I'd be rather surprised if this can be used for anything other than
DoS, although the same underlying bug could potentially have more
serious consequences.

This bug was found (inadvertently, I presume) by Toralf Förster.  The
patch here:

is reported to fix the bug, but it should not be considered to be well-tested.


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