Multiple Vendor *BSD Unaligned IP Option Denial of Service Vulnerability

A vulnerability exists in the 1.4.x NetBSD kernel that may allow remote attackers to cause the machine to kernel panic on certain architectures. By sending a packet to a machine running the Alpha or SPARC versions of NetBSD, with an unaligned IP timestamp option, it is possible to cause the kernel to perform an unaligned memory access. This will cause a panic, causing the machine to reboot.

x86 and arm32 platforms have a similar bug. However, as both of these architectures can perform unaligned memory accesses, this vulnerability does not cause them to panic.

It was later determined that FreeBSD, a 4.xBSD derivative like NetBSD, is also vulnerable to this problem.


 

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