[FreeBSD-Announce] FreeBSD Security Advisory FreeBSD-SA-16:21.43bsd

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FreeBSD-SA-16:21.43bsd                                      Security Advisory
                                                          The FreeBSD Project

Topic:          Kernel stack disclosure in 4.3BSD compatibility layer

Category:       core
Module:         kernel
Announced:      2016-05-31
Credits:        CTurt
Affects:        All supported versions of FreeBSD.
Corrected:      2016-05-31 16:57:42 UTC (stable/10, 10.3-STABLE)
                2016-05-31 16:55:50 UTC (releng/10.3, 10.3-RELEASE-p4)
                2016-05-31 16:55:45 UTC (releng/10.2, 10.2-RELEASE-p18)
                2016-05-31 16:55:41 UTC (releng/10.1, 10.1-RELEASE-p35)
                2016-05-31 16:58:00 UTC (stable/9, 9.3-STABLE)
                2016-05-31 16:55:37 UTC (releng/9.3, 9.3-RELEASE-p43)

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including descriptions of the fields above, security branches, and the
following sections, please visit <URL:https://security.FreeBSD.org/>.

I.   Background

FreeBSD has binary compatibility layer with historic 4.3BSD operating

II.  Problem Description

The implementation of historic stat(2) system call does not clear the
output struct before copying it out to userland.

III. Impact

An unprivileged user can read a portion of uninitialised kernel stack data,
which may contain sensitive information, such as the stack guard, portions
of the file cache or terminal buffers, which an attacker might leverage to
obtain elevated privileges.

IV.  Workaround

No workaround is available, but systems not using the 4.3BSD compatibility
layer are not vulnerable.

The 4.3BSD compatibility layer is not included into the default GENERIC kernel
configuration.  A custom kernel config that does not have the COMPAT_43 option
is also not vulnerable.

V.   Solution

Perform one of the following:

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

Reboot is required.

2) 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/SA-16:21/stat.patch
# fetch https://security.FreeBSD.org/patches/SA-16:21/stat.patch.asc
# gpg --verify stat.patch.asc

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

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

c) 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/                                                         r301055
releng/9.3/                                                       r301049
stable/10/                                                        r301054
releng/10.1/                                                      r301050
releng/10.2/                                                      r301051
releng/10.3/                                                      r301052
- -------------------------------------------------------------------------

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


The latest revision of this advisory is available at


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