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    SubjectRe: Linux 2.6.16.16
    On Sat, May 13, 2006 at 06:29:25PM +0100, Nick Warne wrote:
    > On 13/05/06, Adrian Bunk <bunk@stusta.de> wrote:
    > >The CVE should be enough for easily getting all information you
    > >requested.
    > >
    > >Information whether it's a DoS or a root exploit is helpful, but any
    > >qualified person doing risk management will anyways lookup the CVE.
    >
    > Well, yes, but some people do *actually* use the latest kernel at home
    > and not in labs (et al), and as Maciej asked, we are not sure whether
    > the (whatever) latest patch is needed or not on whatever our current
    > config is the way the latest stable fixes are announced.
    >
    > " [PATCH] fs/locks.c: Fix lease_init (CVE-2006-1860)
    >
    > It is insane to be giving lease_init() the task of freeing the lock it is
    > supposed to initialise, given that the lock is not guaranteed to be
    > allocated on the stack. This causes lockups in fcntl_setlease().
    > Problem diagnosed by Daniel Hokka Zakrisson <daniel@hozac.com>
    >
    > Also fix a slab leak in __setlease() due to an uninitialised return
    > value.
    > Problem diagnosed by Bj????rn Steinbrink.
    > "
    >
    > OK, great. But what does it mean?
    >
    > It would be nice to have a short explanation of what the fix is for in
    > real world terms.

    To be fair, the extra work of writing out a detailed exploit, complete
    with example code, for every security update, would just take way too
    long. If you look for where this patch was discussed on lkml, you will
    see a full description of the problem, and how to hit it.

    thanks,

    greg k-h
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