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Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:02:50 +0200
From: Florian Weimer <>
Subject: Connected UDP sockets and kernel queuing (CVE-2014-6512)

I noticed a potential issue with connected UDP sockets and the kernel 
kernel per-socket packet queue, potentially leading to IP spoofing 
vulnerabilities in the sense that the application thinks the packet came 
from host A, but it really came from host B:


OpenJDK is particularly exposed because DatagramSocket.disconnect() 
calls connect(2) with AF_UNSPEC (or a NULL socket address on some 
systems) to disconnect sockets, which is a rarely used feature of the 
BSD sockets API.  OpenJDK ensures that these disconnected sockets remain 
bound to a port, so it was possible to enqueue packets whose source 
address will not be checked, without even having a tight race to win.

We thought briefly about fixing this in the kernel, but thought better 
of it because of backwards compatibility concerns (and we would have to 
patch OpenJDK nevertheless).  The OpenJDK fix simply checks the source 
address of incoming packets.  Oracle's fix has an optimization that 
drops this additional filter after the maximum amount of pending packets 
has been consumed from the socket; my patch moved the filter to native 
code instead and applied it to every packet on a connected socket.  I 
think both approaches are valid.

I'm sharing this with a wider audience because in theory, other 
UDP-based services could be affected, although I didn't spot any when I 
looked at this prior to disclosure.

Florian Weimer / Red Hat Product Security

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