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CVE-2013-1796: Linux kernel KVM MSR_KVM_SYSTEM_TIME Buffer Overflow

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This is a really nice vulnerability killed by Andy Honig. It is particularly interesting because it allows host kernel memory corruption through guest GPA (Guest Physical Address) manipulation. If we have a look in arch/x86/kvm/x86.c we can see the following code.

int kvm_set_msr_common(struct kvm_vcpu *vcpu, struct msr_data *msr_info)
	bool pr = false;
	u32 msr = msr_info->index;
	u64 data = msr_info->data;

	switch (msr) {   

		vcpu->arch.time = data;
		kvm_make_request(KVM_REQ_CLOCK_UPDATE, vcpu);

		/* we verify if the enable bit is set... */
		if (!(data & 1))

		/* ...but clean it before doing the actual write */
		vcpu->arch.time_offset = data & ~(PAGE_MASK | 1);

		vcpu->arch.time_page =
				gfn_to_page(vcpu->kvm, data >> PAGE_SHIFT);

		if (is_error_page(vcpu->arch.time_page))
			vcpu->arch.time_page = NULL;

	return 0;

So by utilizing the ‘MSR_KVM_SYSTEM_TIME’ kvmclock MSR a user can set ‘vcpu->arch.time_page’ through gfn_to_page() call that uses the user derived ‘data’ information. As Andy Honig mentioned in his commit, the arbitrary write occurs when kmap atomic attempts to obtain a pointer to the time structure page and performing a memcpy() to it starting at the user controlled offset. The fix was to add a check that verifies that the provided value does not exceed the structure’s boundaries.

 		/* ...but clean it before doing the actual write */
 		vcpu->arch.time_offset = data & ~(PAGE_MASK | 1);
+		/* Check that the address is 32-byte aligned. */
+		if (vcpu->arch.time_offset &
+				(sizeof(struct pvclock_vcpu_time_info) - 1))
+			break;
 		vcpu->arch.time_page =
 				gfn_to_page(vcpu->kvm, data >> PAGE_SHIFT);

Written by xorl

May 22, 2013 at 22:15

Posted in linux, vulnerabilities

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