On Tue, Mar 06, 2018 at 11:43:20AM +0100, Borislav Petkov wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 03, 2018 at 05:27:06AM +0900, Seunghun Han wrote:
> > I am Seunghun Han and a senior security researcher at National Security
> > Research Institute of South Korea.
> > 
> > I found a 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 in store_int_with_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. Other functions
> > such as set_ignore_ce(), set_cmci_disabled(), and mce_enable_ce() also
> > have synchronization problems.
> > 
> > It could be a security problem because the attacker could make kernel panic
> > by writing a value to the check_interval file in userspace, and it could be
> > used for Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack.
> > 
> > To fix this problem, I added a mce_sysfs_mutex to serialize requests for
> > timer and sysfs functions.
> > 
> > Signed-off-by: Seunghun Han <kkama...@gmail.com>
> > ---
> > Changes since v2: add a mutex to sysfs functions according to review
> > result.
> > Changes since v1: add mce_sysfs_mutex according to review result.
> 
> Thanks, I've committed the patch below. Scream if there's still
> something not in order:

It would have been nice to add a cc:stable for this, but I'll try to
watch it and when it hits Linus's tree I'll queue it up there.

thanks,

greg k-h

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