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SubjectRe: buffer overflow in /proc/sys/sunrpc/transports
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Vegard Nossum  wrote:
>I don't know if this could be used in some malicious way. Maybe if a setuid
>root program tried to open a user-supplied file (which could be this one in
>/proc), it could crash the program quite easily. But since there is no way
>to change the contents of the file... I don't know.

You don't necessarily need control over the values that are written past
the end of the buffer to exploit a buffer overrun bug. If those values
are semi-random but predictable, it may still be possible to exploit the
vulnerability by arranging to stash malicious code at the address that the
return address will be overwritten with. Even if those values are random
and not predictable, it may still be able to fill a large fraction of the
address space with malicious code and thus have a significant probability
of successful exploitation. See, e.g., NOP sleds, heap spraying, heap
feng shui. I would not want to rely on this bug being difficult to exploit.

Bottom line: I suspect it would be prudent to assume this bug may be
fully exploitable.


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