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SubjectRe: 8250 serial console fixes -- issue
On Po 06-02-06 20:55:00, Russell King wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 06, 2006 at 08:26:55PM +0000, Pavel Machek wrote:
> > Hi!
> >
> > > > The serial console driver has a host of issues
> > > >
> > > > [...]
> > > >
> > > > - [SECURITY] 'r' should require DCD to be asserted
> > > > before outputing characters. Otherwise we talk to
> > > > Hayes modem command mode. This allows a non-root
> > > > user to re-program the modem and is a major security
> > > > issue is people configure calling line identification
> > > > or encryption to restrict use of the serial console.
> > >
> > > How is this possible? A normal user can't produce arbitarily formatted
> > > kernel messages, and if they have access to /dev/ttyS they can do what
> > > ever they like with the port anyway.
> >
> > Maybe not *arbitrary* messages, but any user probably can fake enough
> > to
> > confuse modem. Name your process \nATD609123456\n and cause it to eat
> > all memory, or something like that. OOM killer will print name...
>
> As I say, it's a problem which needs fixing elsewhere. What if
> the process was called:
>
> \nSystem Halted\n
>
> (which will fit in the kernel's process name.) Or maybe some escape
> sequence which reprograms your terminal.
>
> As I say, this is a problem which needs solving by other means. Maybe
> flush_old_exec() should be a little more careful about what it copies,
> changing non-alphanumeric characters to '?' ?

I'm afraid that auditing kernel to never ever print \n from user will
be quite a long job. If I get

Killed process 1234
System Halted
due to OOM

I am going to figure it out no problem, but modems do not have that
kind of abilities...
Pavel

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