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From: Randall Craig <rgcraig () gmail com>
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2004 13:32:54 -0600

On Thu, 2 Dec 2004 10:58:02 -0600, Randall Craig <rgcraig () gmail com> wrote:
 Ok I am super duper new to this list and also new to *nix... i will
 never go back to M$ ceptin for gaming purposes... I am running on OS
 X.3.3 and was wanting to know if the Security Alert pertaining to
 FreeBSD would also affect my system. I know that BSD is running
 underneath OS X... I am fairly sure that Apple is aware of it by
 n0 r3m0r53

FreeBSD-SA-04:17.procfs                                     Security Advisory
                                                         The FreeBSD Project

Topic:          Kernel memory disclosure in procfs and linprocfs

Category:       core
Module:         sys
Announced:      2004-12-01
Credits:        Bryan Fulton, Ted Unangst, and the SWAT analysis tool
               Coverity, Inc.
Affects:        All FreeBSD releases
Corrected:      2004-12-01 21:33:35 UTC (RELENG_5, 5.3-STABLE)
               2004-12-01 21:34:23 UTC (RELENG_5_3, 5.3-RELEASE-p2)
               2004-12-01 21:34:43 UTC (RELENG_5_2, 5.2.1-RELEASE-p13)
               2004-12-01 21:33:57 UTC (RELENG_4, 4.10-STABLE)
               2004-12-01 21:35:10 UTC (RELENG_4_10, 4.10-RELEASE-p5)
               2004-12-01 21:35:57 UTC (RELENG_4_8, 4.8-RELEASE-p27)
CVE Name:       CAN-2004-1066

For general information regarding FreeBSD Security Advisories,
including descriptions of the fields above, security branches, and the
following sections, please visit

I.   Background

The process file system, procfs(5), implements a view of the system
process table inside the file system.  It is normally mounted on
/proc, and is required for the complete operation of programs such as
ps(1) and w(1).

The Linux process file system, linprocfs(5), emulates a subset of
Linux's process file system and is required for the complete operation
of some Linux binaries.

II.  Problem Description

The implementation of the /proc/curproc/cmdline pseudofile in the procfs(5)
file system on FreeBSD 4.x and 5.x, and of the /proc/self/cmdline
pseudofile in the linprocfs(5) file system on FreeBSD 5.x reads a process'
argument vector from the process address space.  During this operation,
a pointer was dereferenced directly without the necessary validation
steps being performed.

III. Impact

A malicious local user could perform a local denial of service attack by
causing a system panic; or he could read parts of kernel memory.  Such
memory might contain sensitive information, such as portions of the file
cache or terminal buffers.  This information might be directly useful, or
it might be leveraged to obtain elevated privileges in some way.  For
example, a terminal buffer might contain a user-entered password.

FreeBSD 4.x does not implement the /proc/self/cmdline pseudofile in
its linprocfs(5) file system, and is therefore only affected if the
procfs(5) file system is mounted.

In its default configuration, FreeBSD 5.x does not utilize procfs(5)
or linprocfs(5) and will therefore be unaffected by this vulnerability
unless the configuration is changed.

IV.  Workaround

Unmount the procfs and linprocfs file systems if they are mounted.
Execute the following command as root:

 umount -A -t procfs,linprocfs

Also, remove or comment out any lines in fstab(5) that reference
`procfs' or `linprocfs', so that they will not be re-mounted at next

V.   Solution

Perform one of the following:

1) Upgrade your vulnerable system to 4-STABLE or 5-STABLE, or to the
RELENG_5_3, RELENG_5_2, RELENG_4_10, or RELENG_4_8 security branch dated
after the correction date.

2) To patch your present system:

The following patches have been verified to apply to FreeBSD 4.8, 4.10,
5.2, and 5.3 systems.

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

[FreeBSD 4.x]
# fetch ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/CERT/patches/SA-04:17/procfs4.patch
# fetch ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/CERT/patches/SA-04:17/procfs4.patch.asc

[FreeBSD 5.x]
# fetch ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/CERT/patches/SA-04:17/procfs5.patch
# fetch ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/CERT/patches/SA-04:17/procfs5.patch.asc

b) Apply the patch.

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

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

VI.  Correction details

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

Branch                                                           Revision
- -------------------------------------------------------------------------
 src/UPDATING                                             1.342.


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