[PRE-SA-2011-06] Linux kernel: ZERO_SIZE_PTR dereference for long symlinks in Be FS Aug 19 2011 03:50PM
Timo Warns (warns pre-sense de)
PRE-CERT Security Advisory

* Advisory: PRE-SA-2011-06
* Released on: 19 August 2011
* Last updated on: 19 August 2011
* Affected product: Linux Kernel 2.4, 2.6, and 3.0
* Impact: denial-of-service
* Origin: Be file system
* Credit: Timo Warns (PRESENSE Technologies GmbH)
* CVE Identifier: CVE-2011-2928


The Linux kernel contains a vulnerability in the driver for Be file systems
that may lead to a kernel oops via a corrupted Be file system.

In fs/befs/linuxvfs.c, befs_follow_link() reads a length attribute for a
symlink from a data stream of a Be file system.

befs_data_stream *data = &befs_ino->i_data.ds;
befs_off_t len = data->size;

The data->size / len value is not validated and can be 0 on a corrupted
file system.

befs_follow_link() allocates some memory based on len. Effectively, kmalloc
returns ZERO_SIZE_PTR in this case.

link = kmalloc(len, GFP_NOFS);

Subsequently, an assignment dereferences ZERO_SIZE_PTR causing a kernel

link[len - 1] = '\0';


Compile and use a kernel that does not support the Be file system. The
corresponding configuration key is CONFIG_BEFS_FS.


A patch is available at


When further information becomes available, this advisory will be
updated. The most recent version of this advisory is available at:



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