Linux ReiserFS Kernel Oops and Code Execution Vulnerability

ReiserFS is a file system alternative to the Linux ext2 file system. It was originally written by Hans Reiser, and is freely available and publicly maintained.

A problem has been reported in the handling of long file names with ReiserFS version 3.5.28 on SuSE Linux distribution 7.0. It is possible to create a directory with a long file name (the initial example displayed a directory with 768 characters), then attempt to list the file system using system binary ls or with built in shell function echo and create a Denial of Service. Upon attempting to list or echo the contents of the filesystem, a kernel buffer overflow occurs, overwriting variables on the stack including possibly the return address, as well as crashing the system. It may be possible for a malicious user to execute arbitrary code, deny service to legitimate users, and potentially break out of a chroot environment. This vulnerability is yet unverified.


 

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