POSTED BY: Patroklos Argyroudis / 01.12.2009

Linux kernel SUNRPC off-by-two buffer overflow

Affected Products:Linux kernel versions from 2.6.32 to 2.6.32-rc7.
Class:Off-by-two stack buffer overflow.
Discovered by:Patroklos Argyroudis

We have found an off-by-two stack buffer overflow in the Linux kernel SUNRPC implementation. Linux kernel versions from 2.6.32 to 2.6.32-rc7 are affected.


There is an off-by-two stack buffer overflow in function rpc_uaddr2sockaddr() of file net/sunrpc/addr.c in the Linux kernel SUNRPC implementation. It was introduced in commit a02d692611348f11ee1bc37431a883c3ff2de23e.

The function rpc_uaddr2sockaddr() that is used to convert a universal address to a socket address takes as an argument the size_t variable uaddr_len (the length of the universal address string). The stack buffer buf is declared in line 315 to be of size RPCBIND_MAXUADDRLEN. If the passed argument uaddr_len is equal to RPCBIND_MAXUADDRLEN then the condition of line 319 is false and then at lines 324 and 325 there are two out-of-bounds assignments:

312: size_t rpc_uaddr2sockaddr(const char *uaddr, const size_t uaddr_len,
313:                           struct sockaddr *sap, const size_t salen)
314: {
315:        char *c, buf[RPCBIND_MAXUADDRLEN];
319:        if (uaddr_len > sizeof(buf))
320:            return 0;
324:        buf[uaddr_len] = '\n';
325:        buf[uaddr_len + 1] = '\0';
363: }
364: EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(rpc_uaddr2sockaddr);

Since the function rpc_uaddr2sockaddr() is declared as an EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL function it can be used by kernel modules and potentially be reachable by user input. The bug was reported and fixed in 2.6.32-rc8 (commit 1e360a60b24ad8f8685af66fa6de10ce46693a4b).