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CVE-2011-1160: Linux kernel TPM Device Driver Information Leak

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Reported by Peter Huewe, this issue was part of the tpm_open() routine which resides in drivers/char/tpm/tpm.c file of the Linux kernel.

 * Device file system interface to the TPM
 * It's assured that the chip will be opened just once,
 * by the check of is_open variable, which is protected
 * by driver_lock.
int tpm_open(struct inode *inode, struct file *file)
        int minor = iminor(inode);
        struct tpm_chip *chip = NULL, *pos;
        chip->data_buffer = kmalloc(TPM_BUFSIZE * sizeof(u8), GFP_KERNEL);
        if (chip->data_buffer == NULL
        file->private_data = chip;
        return 0;

For performance purposes kmalloc() does not clear the data of the returned allocated space. Due to this behavior later accesses on this buffer will result in unitialized kernel heap information leaks.

Clearly, the fix was to use a routine that zeroes out the contents of the buffer.

-	chip->data_buffer = kmalloc(TPM_BUFSIZE * sizeof(u8), GFP_KERNEL);
+	chip->data_buffer = kzalloc(TPM_BUFSIZE * sizeof(u8), GFP_KERNEL);
 	if (chip->data_buffer == NULL) {

Written by xorl

June 5, 2011 at 18:01

Posted in linux, vulnerabilities

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