crypto set sk to NULL when af_alg_release in kernel-net CVE-2019-8912 critical remote

Tracked by Jolla

asked 2019-02-21 09:17:09 +0200

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updated 2019-02-21 09:23:10 +0200

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In the Linux kernel from 2.6 through 4.20.11, af_alg_release() in crypto/af_alg.c neglects to set a NULL value for a certain structure member, which leads to a use-after-free in sockfs_setattr.

CVSS v3 Base Score: 9.8 CRITICAL (attack range: remote)

Patch is available.

File affected: File affected: kernel-adaptation-sbj- lines 119-127

The Patch should look like:

diff --git a/crypto/af_alg.c b/crypto/af_alg.c
index 17eb09d222ff..ec78a04eb136 100644
--- a/crypto/af_alg.c
+++ b/crypto/af_alg.c
@@ -119,8 +119,10 @@  static void alg_do_release(const struct af_alg_type *type, void *private)

 int af_alg_release(struct socket *sock)
-   if (sock->sk)
+   if (sock->sk) {
+       sock->sk = NULL;
+   }
    return 0;
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