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Date:	Thu, 14 Nov 2013 07:45:37 -0600
From:	Josh Hunt <>
To:	David Miller <>
CC:	"" <>,
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Subject: Re: [PATCH] rds: fix local ping DoS

On 11/14/2013 01:03 AM, David Miller wrote:
> From: Josh Hunt <>
> Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:15:43 -0800
>> The rds_ib_xmit function in net/rds/ib_send.c in the Reliable Datagram Sockets
>> (RDS) protocol implementation allows local users to cause a denial of service
>> (BUG_ON and kernel panic) by establishing an RDS connection with the source
>> IP address equal to the IPoIB interface's own IP address, as demonstrated by
>> rds-ping.
>> A local unprivileged user could use this flaw to crash the system.
>> CVE-2012-2372
>> Reported-by: Honggang Li <>
>> Signed-off-by: Josh Hunt <>
> I'm sorry I can't apply this.  This commit message needs to be much
> less terse and explain things more.
> First of all, why is the "off % RDS_FRAG_SIZE" important?
> And, even more importantly, why is is OK to avoid this assertion just
> because we're going over loopback?
> Furthermore, why doesn't net/rds/iw_send.c:rds_iw_xmit() have the same
> exact problem?  It makes the same exact assertion check.
> I know this RDS code is a steaming pile of poo, but that doesn't mean
> we just randomly adjust assertions to make crashes go away without
> sufficient understanding of exactly what's going on.
> Thanks.

Sure understandable questions. Unfortunately I don't have the hardware 
to properly debug and analyze. I was just trying to get this through on 
the assumption that the previous attempts just failed due to incorrect 
submission procedures and lack of a reproducible testcase. If nothing 
else this whole thing brought out the testcase :)

Testcase from Honggang's earlier mail:
The test case is very simple:
Steps to Reproduce:
1. yum install -y rds-tools

2. [root@...a3 ~]# ifconfig ib0 | grep 'inet addr'
           inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:

3. [root@...a3 ~]# /usr/bin/rds-ping  <<<< kernel panic (You
may need to wait for a few seconds before the kernel panic.)

This bug can be reproduced with Mellanox HCAs (mlx4_ib.ko and mthca.ko),
QLogic HCA (ib_qib.ko). I did not test the QLogic HCA running "ib_ipath.ko".

Perhaps Venkat or someone else with the hardware mentioned can provide a 
better explanation and better solution to the crash.

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