[FreeBSD-Announce] FreeBSD Errata Notice FreeBSD-EN-15:20.vm

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FreeBSD-EN-15:20.vm                                             Errata Notice
                                                          The FreeBSD Project

Topic:          Applications exiting due to segmentation violation
		on a correct memory address

Category:       core
Module:         kernel
Announced:      2015-11-04
Credits:        Konstantin Belousov
Affects:        All supported versions of FreeBSD.
Corrected:      2015-09-15 04:20:39 UTC (stable/10, 10.2-STABLE)
                2015-11-04 11:27:13 UTC (releng/10.2, 10.2-RELEASE-p7)
                2015-11-04 11:27:21 UTC (releng/10.1, 10.1-RELEASE-p24)
                2015-10-30 13:05:39 UTC (stable/9, 9.3-STABLE)
                2015-11-04 11:27:30 UTC (releng/9.3, 9.3-RELEASE-p30)

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I.   Background

The FreeBSD virtual memory system provides processes with virtual
address space.  Features of virtual address space include copy-on-write
pages and page wiring.

II.  Problem Description

A race condition exists in the virtual memory implementation. When an
application writes to a valid address in its address space, and the
corresponding map entry is marked as copy-on-write, and right now
undergoes wiring process, and the corresponding page does not yet have
a page table entry installed, the application receives a segmentation
violation signal.  A usual case for this scenario to happen is a write
into a never written map entry in a child process right after fork(2)
system call.

III. Impact

Under certain conditions, a correctly behaving application could be

IV.  Workaround

No workaround is available.

V.   Solution

Perform one of the following:

1) Upgrade your system to a supported FreeBSD stable or release / security
branch (releng) dated after the correction date and reboot the system.

2) To update your vulnerable system via a binary patch:

Systems running a RELEASE version of FreeBSD on the i386 or amd64
platforms can be updated via the freebsd-update(8) utility:

# freebsd-update fetch
# freebsd-update install
# reboot

3) To update your vulnerable system via a source code patch:

The following patches have been verified to apply to the applicable
FreeBSD release branches.

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

# fetch https://security.FreeBSD.org/patches/EN-15:20/vm.patch
# fetch https://security.FreeBSD.org/patches/EN-15:20/vm.patch.asc
# gpg --verify vm.patch.asc

b) Apply the patch.  Execute the following commands as root:

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

Recompile your kernel as described in
<URL:https://www.FreeBSD.org/handbook/kernelconfig.html> and reboot the

VI.  Correction details

The following list contains the correction revision numbers for each
affected branch.

Branch/path                                                      Revision
- -------------------------------------------------------------------------
stable/9/                                                         r290194
releng/9.3/                                                       r290363
stable/10/                                                        r287846
releng/10.1/                                                      r290362
releng/10.2/                                                      r290361
- -------------------------------------------------------------------------

To see which files were modified by a particular revision, run the
following command, replacing NNNNNN with the revision number, on a
machine with Subversion installed:

# svn diff -cNNNNNN --summarize svn://svn.freebsd.org/base

Or visit the following URL, replacing NNNNNN with the revision number:


VII. References


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