[TKADV2008-015] Sun Solaris SIOCGTUNPARAM IOCTL Kernel NULL pointer dereference Dec 18 2008 11:22AM
Tobias Klein (tk trapkit de)
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Advisory: Sun Solaris SIOCGTUNPARAM IOCTL Kernel NULL pointer
Advisory ID: TKADV2008-015
Revision: 1.0
Release Date: 2008/12/17
Last Modified: 2008/12/17
Date Reported: 2007/09/04
Author: Tobias Klein (tk at trapkit.de)
Affected Software: Solaris 10 without patch 138888-01 (SPARC)
Solaris 10 without patch 138889-01 (x86)
OpenSolaris < snv_77 (SPARC)
OpenSolaris < snv_77 (x86)
Remotely Exploitable: No
Locally Exploitable: Yes
Vendor URL: http://www.sun.com
Vendor Status: Vendor has released an updated version
Patch development time: 471 days

Vulnerability Details:

The kernel of Solaris contains a vulnerability in the code that handles
SIOCGTUNPARAM IOCTL requests. Exploitation of this vulnerability can
result in:

1) local denial of service attacks (system crash due to a kernel panic), or

[ As all Solaris Zones (Containers) share the same kernel it is possible
to crash the whole system (all Zones) even if the vulnerability is
triggered in an unprivileged non-global zone. ]

2) local execution of arbitrary code at the kernel level (complete system
compromise) on x86 platforms

[ As all Solaris Zones (Containers) share the same kernel it is possible
to escape from unprivileged non-global zones and compromise other non-
global zones or the global zone. ]

The issue can be triggered by sending a specially crafted IOCTL request to
the kernel.

Technical Details:

The following source code references are based on the kernel source code
available from http://www.opensolaris.org.


26692 void
26693 ip_process_ioctl(ipsq_t *ipsq, queue_t *q, mblk_t *mp, void *arg)
26694 {
26717 [1] ci.ci_ipif = NULL
26735 case TUN_CMD:
26740 [2] err = ip_extract_tunreq(q, mp, &ci.ci_ipif, ip_process_ioctl);
26741 if (err != 0) {
26742 ip_ioctl_finish(q, mp, err, IPI2MODE(ipip), NULL);
26743 return;
26744 }
26782 if (!(ipip->ipi_flags & IPI_WR)) {
26788 [3] err = (*ipip->ipi_func)(ci.ci_ipif, ci.ci_sin, q, mp, ipip,
26789 ci.ci_lifr);

[1] The value of "ci.ci_ipif" is set to "NULL".
[2] When a SIOCGTUNPARAM IOCTL is called the switch case "TUN_CMD" is
chosen and the "ip_extract_tunreq()" function gets called.
[3] If the return value of the "ip_extract_tunreq()" function is 0 the
"ci.ci_ipif" variable is later on used as the first parameter for the
"ip_sioctl_tunparam()" function.


9468 int
9469 ip_sioctl_tunparam(ipif_t *ipif, sin_t *dummy_sin, queue_t *q, mblk_t
9470 ip_ioctl_cmd_t *ipip, void *dummy_ifreq)
9471 {
9499 [4] ill = ipif->ipif_ill;

In the "ip_sioctl_tunparam()" function the first parameter "ipif" is used
to reference some data (see [4]).

It is possible to return from the "ip_extract_tunreq()" function (see [2])
with a return value of 0 while "ci.ci_ipif" is also still set to NULL. As
"ipif" has the same value as "ci.ci_ipif", which is set to NULL, this leads
to a NULL pointer dereference (see [4]).

On x86 (32/64bit) platforms this Null pointer dereference can be exploited
to execute arbitrary code at the kernel level. On SPARC platforms the
vulnerability can "only" be used for a denial of service.


This issue is addressed in the following patch releases from Sun:

SPARC Platform
- Solaris 10 with patch 138888-01 or later
- OpenSolaris based upon builds snv_77 or later

x86 Platform
- Solaris 10 with patch 138889-01 or later
- OpenSolaris based upon builds snv_77 or later


2007/09/04 - Vendor notified
2007/09/05 - Vendor confirms the vulnerability
2008/12/17 - Public disclosure of vulnerability details by Sun
2008/12/17 - Release date of this security advisory


Vulnerability found and advisory written by Tobias Klein.


[1] http://sunsolve.sun.com/search/document.do?assetkey=1-26-242266-1
[2] http://www.trapkit.de/advisories/TKADV2008-015.txt


Revision 0.1 - Initial draft release to the vendor
Revision 1.0 - Public release


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