FreeBSD Security Advisory: FreeBSD-SA-98:05.nfs

FreeBSD Security Officer security-officer at FreeBSD.ORG
Thu Jun 4 10:58:21 PDT 1998


FreeBSD-SA-98:05                                            Security Advisory
                                                                FreeBSD, Inc.

Topic:          system crash with NFS

Category:       core
Module:         kernel
Announced:      1998-06-04
Affects:        FreeBSD 2.2.* and FreeBSD-stable before 1998/05/31
		this problem.
Corrected:      FreeBSD-current as of 1998/05/31
FreeBSD only:   no (also other 4.4BSD based systems may be affected)


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I.   Background    

     NFS can be used to mount remote file systems. Apart from being
     remote, it acts like a normal UFS file system. Among others,
     This means that creating hard links can be done in NFS
     file systems

II.  Problem Description

     When creating hard links on file systems, the kernel checks that
     both the original file and the link to it are located on the same
     file system. Unfortunately, there is an error in the NFS kernel code
     in FreeBSD 2.2.* systems that performs this check.

III. Impact
     It is possible to crash a FreeBSD 2.2.* system by hard linking
     a device special files to a file on an NFS mounted file system.

     FreeBSD-current is not vulnerable.

IV.  Workaround

     No real work around is known (except for unmounting your NFS
     file systems).

V.   Solution

     Apply one of the following patches, rebuild your kernel,
     install it and reboot your system.

     The patches below can be found on

     Patch for 2.2.5 and 2.2.6 systems:

  Index: nfs_vnops.c
  RCS file: /home/cvsup/freebsd/CVS/src/sys/nfs/nfs_vnops.c,v
  retrieving revision
  retrieving revision
  diff -u -r1.36.2.6 -r1.36.2.7
  --- nfs_vnops.c	1998/05/13 05:48:45
  +++ nfs_vnops.c	1998/05/31 00:07:29
  @@ -1755,17 +1755,8 @@
   		struct componentname *a_cnp;
   	} */ *ap;
  -#if defined(__NetBSD__)
  -	/*
  -	 * Since the args are reversed in the VOP_LINK() calls,
  -	 * switch them back. Argh!
  -	 */
  -	register struct vnode *vp = ap->a_tdvp;
  -	register struct vnode *tdvp = ap->a_vp;
   	register struct vnode *vp = ap->a_vp;
   	register struct vnode *tdvp = ap->a_tdvp;
   	register struct componentname *cnp = ap->a_cnp;
   	register u_long *tl;
   	register caddr_t cp;
  @@ -1776,11 +1767,8 @@
   	int v3 = NFS_ISV3(vp);
   	if (vp->v_mount != tdvp->v_mount) {
  -		VOP_ABORTOP(vp, cnp);
  -		if (tdvp == vp)
  -			vrele(tdvp);
  -		else
  -			vput(tdvp);
  +		VOP_ABORTOP(tdvp, cnp);
  +		vput(tdvp);
   		return (EXDEV);
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        for original copies of all patches if necessary.

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