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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2006.0394 -- [NetBSD]
IPv6 socket options can crash the system
9 June 2006
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: IPv6 Sockets
Operating System: NetBSD-current
Impact: Denial of Service
Access: Existing Account
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NetBSD Security Advisory 2006-016
Topic: IPv6 socket options can crash the system
Version: NetBSD-current: source prior to May 23, 2006
NetBSD 3.0: affected
NetBSD 2.1: affected
NetBSD 2.0.*: affected
NetBSD 2.0: affected
Severity: Any local user can crash the system
Fixed: NetBSD-current: May 23, 2006
NetBSD-3-0 branch: May 24, 2006
(3.0.1 will include the fix)
NetBSD-3 branch: May 24, 2006
NetBSD-2-1 branch: May 24, 2006
(2.1.1 will include the fix)
NetBSD-2-0 branch: May 24, 2006
(2.0.4 will include the fix)
NetBSD-2 branch: May 24, 2006
Insufficient validation when parsing IPv6 socket options can lead to a
system crash. This can be triggered by a local non-privileged user.
IPv6 sockets can be used with IPv4-mapped addresses, and thus IPv4
packets may be sent and delivered through an IPv6 socket.
When sending an IPv6 packet, the NetBSD kernel needs to call the
ip6_savecontrol() function in order to process the SO_TIMESTAMP socket
option. This function should process options for IPv6 packets only,
but wasn't checking for IPv4-mapped sockets. If such a socket had this
option set, it would traverse the mbuf chain by later calling
ip6_pullexthdr(), causing a panic.
Either net.inet6.ip6.v6only sysctl MIB (global) or IPV6_V6ONLY socket
option (per-socket) need to be 0 (zero) for this code path to occur.
Solutions and Workarounds
By default on NetBSD net.inet6.ip6.v6only is set to 1 (disabled).
However, any user can set IPV6_V6ONLY on their own sockets.
The only workaround available is to rebuild a kernel with
For all NetBSD versions, you need to obtain fixed kernel sources,
rebuild and install the new kernel, and reboot the system.
The fixed source may be obtained from the NetBSD CVS repository.
The following instructions briefly summarise how to upgrade your
kernel. In these instructions, replace:
ARCH with your architecture (from uname -m), and
KERNCONF with the name of your kernel configuration file.
To update from CVS, re-build, and re-install the kernel:
# cd src
# cvs update -d -P sys/netinet6/ip6_input.c
# ./build.sh kernel=KERNCONF
# mv /netbsd /netbsd.old
# cp sys/arch/ARCH/compile/obj/KERNCONF/netbsd /netbsd
# shutdown -r now
For more information on how to do this, see:
Christian Biere for finding the problem.
JINMEI Tatuya from the KAME project for the fix.
Rui Paulo for implementing the fixes.
2006-06-08 Initial release
Advisories may be updated as new information becomes available.
The most recent version of this advisory (PGP signed) can be found at
Information about NetBSD and NetBSD security can be found at
http://www.NetBSD.org/ and http://www.NetBSD.org/Security/.
Copyright 2006, The NetBSD Foundation, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Redistribution permitted only in full, unmodified form.
$NetBSD: NetBSD-SA2006-016.txt,v 1.2 2006/06/08 16:21:43 adrianp Exp $
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