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Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2018 13:29:34 +1000
From: Wade Mealing <>
Subject: CVE-2018-10902 - linux kernel - double free in midi subsystem


The linux midi subsystem has a possible memory corruption flaw
accessing midi devices.

This was fixes upstream in commit
(4.18 and newer not affected). Red hat has assigned CVE-2018-10902 for
this issue.

The raw midi kernel driver does not protect against concurrent access
which leads to a double-realloc (double free) in
snd_rawmidi_input_params() and snd_rawmidi_output_status() which are
part of snd_rawmidi_ioctl() handler in rawmidi.c file. Here is an
excerpt of the concerned code:

    if (params->buffer_size != runtime->buffer_size) {
        newbuf = krealloc(runtime->buffer, params->buffer_size,
        if (!newbuf)
            return -ENOMEM;
        runtime->buffer = newbuf;
        runtime->buffer_size = params->buffer_size;
        runtime->avail = runtime->buffer_size;

If a midi device is plugged in or emulated (which is the case under a
default VMware instance), then this device driver is reachable via
/dev/snd/midiC0D* interfaces.  This can lead to memory corruption and
all the fun that follows if abused correctly.

Thanks to ZDI has done the reporting to Red Hat,

Wade Mealing

Product Security - Kernel, RHCE

Red Hat

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