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Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2022 10:35:43 +0200
From: Solar Designer <>
To: kangel <>
	Pedro Sampaio <>,
Subject: Re: Linux kernel: x86/kvm: null-ptr-deref in kvm_dirty_ring_push

On Thu, Apr 07, 2022 at 10:15:42AM +0800, kangel wrote:
>     We found a null-ptr-deref in the kvm module which can lead to DoS. This flaw is in kvm_dirty_ring_push in virt/kvm/dirty_ring.c. The linux kernel version is 5.17.0-rc8. We would appreciate a CVE ID if this is a security issue.

Further in the linux-distros thread, this got assigned CVE-2022-1263,
however is this really a security issue - in other words, is a security
boundary crossed in triggering the bug?  I think it is not, and if so
the CVE ID should probably be rejected.  From the PoC:

> 		res = syscall(__NR_openat, 0xffffffffffffff9cul, "/dev/kvm", 0ul, 0ul);

In fact, also in the linux-distros thread it was promptly agreed that
this doesn't need an embargo - perhaps precisely because of no security
relevance?  If so, that should have been said explicitly, so a CVE ID
wouldn't be assigned (it was by another person).


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