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Linux ISO9660 handling flaws
Mar 17 2005 09:36PM
Michal Zalewski (lcamtuf dione ids pl)
Re: Linux ISO9660 handling flaws
Mar 17 2005 11:46PM
Dan Yefimov (dan lightwave net ru)
On Thu, 17 Mar 2005, Michal Zalewski wrote:
> Good morning,
> There appears to be a fair number of kernel-level range checking flaws in
> ISO9660 filesystem handler (and Rock Ridge / Juliet extensions) in Linux
> up to and including 2.6.11. These bugs range from DoS conditions to
> potentially exploitable memory corruption - all this whenever a specially
> crafted filesystem is mounted or directories are examined.
> Most apparent flaws are expected to be fixed in Linux 2.6.12 (rc to show
> up by tomorrow or so), although, as per Linus words, "that code is
> horrid", and it may take some time to work out all the issues.
> The impact is not dramatic, but there are two obvious ways such flaws can
> be used to benefit remote attackers:
> 1) Bugs in removable media filesystems may be used to automatically
> compromise any system whose owner decided to examine a newly acquired
> CD-ROM, even if extreme caution is observed (that is, autorun is
> disabled, and no files are executed).
> 2) For all types of filesystems, such problems can be additionally used
> to subvert forensic analysis efforts. Disk images from compromised
> machine may infect forensic examiner's system and alter results,
> or simply render the machine unusable.
Is this issue 2.6.x-specific, or it applies to 2.4.x branch too? Could you
please provide more details?
Sincerely Your, Dan.
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