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FreeBSD Some mechanisms for causing a signal to be sent did not properlyvalidate the signal number, in some cases allowing the kernel toattempt to deliver a negative or out-of-range signal number.

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FreeBSD-SA-03:09.signal                                     Security Advisory
                                                          The FreeBSD Project

Topic:          Insufficient range checking of signal numbers

Category:       core
Module:         sys
Announced:      2003-08-10
Affects:        All releases of FreeBSD up to and including 4.8-RELEASE-p1,
                5.1-RELEASE (but see `Impact' below)
                FreeBSD 4-STABLE prior to the correction date
Corrected:      2003-08-10 23:09:28 UTC (RELENG_4)
                2003-08-10 23:14:08 UTC (RELENG_5_1)
                2003-08-10 23:17:48 UTC (RELENG_5_0)
                2003-08-10 23:19:35 UTC (RELENG_4_8)
                2003-08-11 10:14:38 UTC (RELENG_4_7)
                2003-08-11 10:16:35 UTC (RELENG_4_6)
                2003-08-12 20:23:24 UTC (RELENG_4_5)
                2003-08-12 20:23:51 UTC (RELENG_4_4)
                2003-08-12 20:24:13 UTC (RELENG_4_3)
FreeBSD only:   YES

For general information regarding FreeBSD Security Advisories,
including descriptions of the fields above, security branches, and the
following sections, please visit 
http://www.freebsd.org/security/.

0.   Revision History

v1.0  2003-08-10  Initial release
v1.1  2003-08-11  Updated correction details for RELENG_4_7,
                  RELENG_4_6, RELENG_4_5, RELENG_4_4, RELENG_4_3
                  branches.  Corrected an internal section reference.
                  Corrected a source file path name.

I.   Background

Signals are a UNIX mechanism for handling asynchronous events such as
pressing the terminal interrupt key (e.g. Ctrl-C), job control, memory
access violations, I/O completion, and many others.  Each signal is
assigned a positive number.  There are a number of mechanisms by which
a process may cause a signal to be sent, including using the kill(2)
system call or registering with certain device drivers.

II.  Problem Description

Some mechanisms for causing a signal to be sent did not properly
validate the signal number, in some cases allowing the kernel to
attempt to deliver a negative or out-of-range signal number.  Such
errors were present in the ptrace(2) system call and the `spigot'
video capture device driver.

The error in ptrace(2) was introduced in FreeBSD version 4.2-RELEASE
(4-STABLE dated Oct 26 04:34:41 2000 UTC).

The `spigot' device driver (including the error) was introduced in
FreeBSD 2.0.5.  It has never been included in the kernel installed by
default, nor in the GENERIC kernel configuration.  Only systems with
`device spigot' added to the kernel configuration are affected by this
instance of the error.

III. Impact

In most cases, attempted delivery of a negative or out-of-range signal
number will trigger an assertion failure and panic, thereby crashing
the system.  A malicious local user could use this vulnerability
as a local denial-of-service attack.

However, in FreeBSD 5.x, the assertion code is not present if the
`INVARIANTS' kernel option is not used.  In FreeBSD 5.0-RELEASE and
5.1-RELEASE, `INVARIANTS' is not enabled by default.  In this
configuration, a malicious local user could use this vulnerability
to modify kernel memory, potentially leading to complete system
compromise.  (FreeBSD 4.x is not vulnerable in this way.)

IV.  Workaround

There is no workaround for the local denial-of-service attack.

The more severe impact, present only in FreeBSD 5.x systems, can be
avoided by uncommenting or adding the `INVARIANTS' line to your kernel
configuration:

  options       INVARIANTS              #Enable calls of extra sanity checking

Recompile your kernel as described in
http://www.freebsd.org/handbook/kernelconfig.html>
and reboot the system.

NOTE WELL:  This workaround is only for FreeBSD 5.x systems.  This
workaround does not eliminate the possibility of a local
denial-of-service attack.

V.   Solution

1) Upgrade your vulnerable system to 4.8-STABLE, or to any of the
RELENG_4_8 (4.8-RELEASE-p2), RELENG_4_7 (4.7-RELEASE-p12), or
RELENG_5_1 (5.1-RELEASE-p1) security branches dated after the
respective correction dates.

2) To patch your present system:

a) Download the relevant patch from the location below, and verify the
detached PGP signature using your PGP utility.

[FreeBSD 5.1-RELEASE]

# fetch  ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/CERT/patches/SA-03:09/signal51.patch
# fetch  ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/CERT/patches/SA-03:09/signal51.patch.asc

[FreeBSD 5.0-RELEASE]

# fetch  ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/CERT/patches/SA-03:09/signal50.patch
# fetch  ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/CERT/patches/SA-03:09/signal50.patch.asc

[FreeBSD 4.8-RELEASE, 4.8-STABLE, 4.7-STABLE dated Jan 2 20:39:13 2003 UTC
 or later]

# fetch  ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/CERT/patches/SA-03:09/signal4s.patch
# fetch  ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/CERT/patches/SA-03:09/signal4s.patch.asc

[FreeBSD 4.3-RELEASE through 4.7-RELEASE, 4.7-STABLE dated before
 Jan 2 20:39:13 2003 UTC]

# fetch  ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/CERT/patches/SA-03:09/signal47.patch
# fetch  ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/CERT/patches/SA-03:09/signal47.patch.asc

b) Apply the patch.

# cd /usr/src
# patch < /path/to/patch

c) Recompile your kernel as described in
http://www.freebsd.org/handbook/kernelconfig.html>
and reboot the system.

VI.  Correction details

The following list contains the revision numbers of each file that was
corrected in FreeBSD.

Branch                                                           Revision
  Path
- -------------------------------------------------------------------------
src/sys/UPDATING
  RELENG_5_1                                                    1.251.2.2
  RELENG_5_0                                                   1.229.2.15
  RELENG_4_8                                                1.73.2.80.2.4
  RELENG_4_7                                               1.73.2.74.2.15
  RELENG_4_6                                               1.73.2.68.2.43
  RELENG_4_5                                               1.73.2.50.2.45
  RELENG_4_4                                               1.73.2.43.2.46
  RELENG_4_3                                               1.73.2.28.2.33
src/sys/conf/newvers.sh
  RELENG_5_1                                                     1.50.2.3
  RELENG_5_0                                                    1.48.2.10
  RELENG_4_8                                                1.44.2.29.2.3
  RELENG_4_7                                               1.44.2.26.2.14
  RELENG_4_6                                               1.44.2.23.2.32
  RELENG_4_5                                               1.44.2.20.2.29
  RELENG_4_4                                               1.44.2.17.2.37
  RELENG_4_3                                               1.44.2.14.2.23
src/sys/i386/isa/spigot.c
  RELENG_4                                                       1.44.2.1
  RELENG_5_1                                                     1.58.2.1
  RELENG_5_0                                                     1.55.2.1
  RELENG_4_8                                                    1.44.14.1
  RELENG_4_7                                                    1.44.12.1
  RELENG_4_6                                                    1.44.10.1
  RELENG_4_5                                                     1.44.8.1
  RELENG_4_4                                                     1.44.6.1
  RELENG_4_3                                                     1.44.4.1
src/sys/kern/sys_process.c
  RELENG_4                                                       1.51.2.7
  RELENG_5_1                                                    1.108.2.1
  RELENG_5_0                                                    1.104.2.1
  RELENG_4_8                                                 1.51.2.6.2.1
  RELENG_4_7                                                 1.51.2.4.2.2
  RELENG_4_6                                                 1.51.2.3.4.2
  RELENG_4_5                                                 1.51.2.3.2.2
  RELENG_4_4                                                 1.51.2.1.4.3
  RELENG_4_3                                                 1.51.2.1.2.3
src/sys/kern/kern_sig.c
  RELENG_5_1                                                    1.239.2.1
  RELENG_5_0                                                    1.197.2.1
- -------------------------------------------------------------------------

 
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