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* [PATCH] 2.4: [PPPOE]: memory leak when socket is release()d before PPPIOCGCHAN has been called on it
@ 2008-02-07  1:41 dann frazier
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From: dann frazier @ 2008-02-07  1:41 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: Willy TARREAU; +Cc: Florian Zumbiehl, linux-kernel

This is a 2.4 backport of a linux-2.6 change by Florian Zumbiehl.
(commit 202a03acf9994076055df40ae093a5c5474ad0bd)

CVE-2007-2525 was assigned for this issue. It has been compile tested-only.

Commit log from 2.6 follows.

  below you find a patch that fixes a memory leak when a PPPoE socket is
  release()d after it has been connect()ed, but before the PPPIOCGCHAN ioctl
  ever has been called on it.

  This is somewhat of a security problem, too, since PPPoE sockets can be
  created by any user, so any user can easily allocate all the machine's
  RAM to non-swappable address space and thus DoS the system.

  Is there any specific reason for PPPoE sockets being available to any
  unprivileged process, BTW? After all, you need a packet socket for the
  discovery stage anyway, so it's unlikely that any unprivileged process
  will ever need to create a PPPoE socket, no? Allocating all session IDs
  for a known AC is a kind of DoS, too, after all - with Juniper ERXes,
  this is really easy, actually, since they don't ever assign session ids
  above 8000 ...

Signed-off-by: dann frazier <>
 drivers/net/pppox.c |    2 +-
 1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/pppox.c b/drivers/net/pppox.c
index 7830e4d..4883c0f 100644
--- a/drivers/net/pppox.c
+++ b/drivers/net/pppox.c
@@ -67,7 +67,7 @@ void pppox_unbind_sock(struct sock *sk)
 	/* Clear connection to ppp device, if attached. */
-	if (sk->state & (PPPOX_BOUND|PPPOX_ZOMBIE)) {
 		sk->state = PPPOX_DEAD;

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