# PRE-CERT Security Advisory #
* Advisory: PRE-SA-2011-01
* Released on: 23 Feb 2011
* Last updated on: 24 Feb 2011
* Affected product: Linux Kernel 2.4 and 2.6
* Impact: - privilege Escalation
- disclosure of sensitive information
* Origin: storage devices
* CVE Identifier: - CVE-2011-1010
## Summary ##
Timo Warns (PRESENSE Technologies GmbH) reported some vulnerabilities in
the Linux kernel that may lead to privilege escalation,
denial-of-service, or information leakage via corrupted partition
tables. Exploiting these vulnerabilities has been demonstrated by a "USB
Stick of Death" that crashes the Linux kernel upon connecting the stick.
The kernel automatically evaluates partition tables of storage devices.
Note that this happens independently of whether auto-mounting is enabled
or not. The code for evaluating MAC and LDM partition tables contains the
A buffer overflow bug in mac_partition in fs/partitions/mac.c (for MAC
partition tables) allows to cause a denial-of-service (kernel panic)
via a corrupted MAC partition table.
For a patch, see
A division-by-zero bug in ldm_get_vblks in fs/partitions/ldm.c (for
LDM partition tables) allows to cause a denial-of-service (kernel
oops) via a corrupted LDM partition table.
For a patch, see
A buffer overflow bug in ldm_frag_add in fs/partitions/ldm.c (for LDM
partition tables) may allow to escalate privileges or to disclose
sensitive information via a corrupted LDM partition table.
## Workaround ##
Compile and use a kernel that does not evaluate MAC and LDM partition
tables. The corresponding configuration keys are CONFIG_MAC_PARTITION
## References ##
When further information becomes available, this advisory will be
updated. The most recent version of this advisory is available at:
## ChangeLog ##
* 24 Feb 2011:
- Added CVE ID to second vulnerability (CVE-2011-1012)
* 25 Feb 2011:
- Added CVE ID to third vulnerability (CVE-2011-1017)
## Contact ##
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