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CVE-2009-4538: Linux kernel e1000e Remote Integer Underflow

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After the recent massive ownage of Linux kernel’s NIC device drivers by fabs, Eugene Teo of Red Hat noticed that e1000e (Intel PRO/1000) was also vulnerable to an issue similar to CVE-2009-4536. Here is the buggy code as seen in drivers/net/e1000e/netdev.c:

 * e1000_clean_rx_irq - Send received data up the network stack; legacy
 * @adapter: board private structure
 * the return value indicates whether actual cleaning was done, there
 * is no guarantee that everything was cleaned
static bool e1000_clean_rx_irq(struct e1000_adapter *adapter,
                               int *work_done, int work_to_do)
        u32 length;
                length = le16_to_cpu(rx_desc->length);

                /* !EOP means multiple descriptors were used to store a single
                 * packet, also make sure the frame isn't just CRC only */
                if (!(status & E1000_RXD_STAT_EOP) || (length <= 4)) {
                        /* All receives must fit into a single buffer */
                        e_dbg("%s: Receive packet consumed multiple buffers\n",
                        /* recycle */
                        buffer_info->skb = skb;
                        goto next_desc;
                /* adjust length to remove Ethernet CRC */
                if (!(adapter->flags2 & FLAG2_CRC_STRIPPING))
                        length -= 4;

                total_rx_bytes += length;
        return cleaned;

Once again, they don’t check the frame that is spanning in a new RX buffer but only the last fragment and if its length is less than, or equal to four. The concept is exactly the same as in CVE-2009-4536, so if you don’t understand it read my previous analysis on the latter vulnerability which is available here.

Written by xorl

January 2, 2010 at 08:00

Posted in linux, vulnerabilities

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