On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 07:13:50PM +0900, Seunghun Han wrote:
> I am Seunghun Han and a senior security researcher at National Security
> Research Institute of South Korea.
> 
> I found a critical security issue which can make kernel panic in userspace.
> After analyzing the issue carefully, I found that MCE driver in the kernel
> has a problem which can be occurred in SMP environment.
> 
> The check_interval file in
> /sys/devices/system/machinecheck/machinecheck<cpu number> directory is a
> global timer value for MCE polling. If it is changed by one CPU, MCE driver
> in kernel calls mce_restart() function and broadcasts the event to other
> CPUs to delete and restart MCE polling timer.
> 
> The __mcheck_cpu_init_timer() function which is called by mce_restart()
> function initializes the mce_timer variable, and the "lock" in mce_timer is
> also reinitialized. If more than one CPU write a specific value to
> check_interval file concurrently, one can initialize the "lock" in mce_timer
> while the others are handling "lock" in mce_timer. This problem causes some
> synchronization errors such as kernel panic and kernel hang.
> 
> It is a critical security problem because the attacker can make kernel panic
> by writing a value to the check_interval file in userspace, and it can be
> used for Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack.

As only root can write to that file, it's not that critical of an issue,
but yes, this is a problem.  Nice find and fix.

> 
> To fix this problem, I changed the __mcheck_cpu_init_timer() function to
> reuse mce_timer instead of initializing it. The purpose of the function is
> to restart the timer and it can be archived by calling
> 
> Signed-off-by: Seunghun Han <kkama...@gmail.com>

Cc: stable <sta...@vger.kernel.org>
Acked-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gre...@linuxfoundation.org>

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