source: trunk/server/common/patches/cve-2014-0196.patch @ 2558

Last change on this file since 2558 was 2521, checked in by andersk, 9 years ago
kernel: Patch for CVE-2014-0196
File size: 3.0 KB
  • drivers/tty/n_tty.c

    From 4291086b1f081b869c6d79e5b7441633dc3ace00 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
    From: Peter Hurley <>
    Date: Sat, 3 May 2014 14:04:59 +0200
    Subject: [PATCH] n_tty: Fix n_tty_write crash when echoing in raw mode
    The tty atomic_write_lock does not provide an exclusion guarantee for
    the tty driver if the termios settings are LECHO & !OPOST.  And since
    it is unexpected and not allowed to call TTY buffer helpers like
    tty_insert_flip_string concurrently, this may lead to crashes when
    concurrect writers call pty_write. In that case the following two
    * the ECHOing from a workqueue and
    * pty_write from the process
    race and can overflow the corresponding TTY buffer like follows.
    If we look into tty_insert_flip_string_fixed_flag, there is:
      int space = __tty_buffer_request_room(port, goal, flags);
      struct tty_buffer *tb = port->buf.tail;
      memcpy(char_buf_ptr(tb, tb->used), chars, space);
      tb->used += space;
    so the race of the two can result in something like this:
                  A                                B
    memcpy(buf(tb->used), ...)
    tb->used += space;
                                      memcpy(buf(tb->used), ...) ->BOOM
    B's memcpy is past the tty_buffer due to the previous A's tb->used
    Since the N_TTY line discipline input processing can output
    concurrently with a tty write, obtain the N_TTY ldisc output_lock to
    serialize echo output with normal tty writes.  This ensures the tty
    buffer helper tty_insert_flip_string is not called concurrently and
    everything is fine.
    Note that this is nicely reproducible by an ordinary user using
    forkpty and some setup around that (raw termios + ECHO). And it is
    present in kernels at least after commit
    d945cb9cce20ac7143c2de8d88b187f62db99bdc (pty: Rework the pty layer to
    use the normal buffering logic) in 2.6.31-rc3.
    js: add more info to the commit log
    js: switch to bool
    js: lock unconditionally
    js: lock only the tty->ops->write call
    References: CVE-2014-0196
    Reported-and-tested-by: Jiri Slaby <>
    Signed-off-by: Peter Hurley <>
    Signed-off-by: Jiri Slaby <>
    Cc: Linus Torvalds <>
    Cc: Alan Cox <>
    Cc: <>
    Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
     drivers/tty/n_tty.c |    4 ++++
     1 file changed, 4 insertions(+)
    diff --git a/drivers/tty/n_tty.c b/drivers/tty/n_tty.c
    index 41fe8a0..fe9d129 100644
    a b static ssize_t n_tty_write(struct tty_struct *tty, struct file *file, 
    23532353                        if (tty->ops->flush_chars)
    23542354                                tty->ops->flush_chars(tty);
    23552355                } else {
     2356                        struct n_tty_data *ldata = tty->disc_data;
    23562358                        while (nr > 0) {
     2359                                mutex_lock(&ldata->output_lock);
    23572360                                c = tty->ops->write(tty, b, nr);
     2361                                mutex_unlock(&ldata->output_lock);
    23582362                                if (c < 0) {
    23592363                                        retval = c;
    23602364                                        goto break_out;
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