Comment 0 for bug 1555338

Steve Beattie (sbeattie) wrote :

[From https://code.google.com/p/google-security-research/issues/detail?id=758 ]

A memory corruption vulnerability exists in the IPT_SO_SET_REPLACE ioctl in the netfilter code for iptables support. This ioctl is can be triggered by an unprivileged user on PF_INET sockets when unprivileged user namespaces are available (CONFIG_USER_NS=y). Android does not enable this option, but desktop/server distributions and Chrome OS will commonly enable this to allow for containers support or sandboxing.

In the mark_source_chains function (net/ipv4/netfilter/ip_tables.c) it is possible for a user-supplied ipt_entry structure to have a large next_offset field. This field is not bounds checked prior to writing a counter value at the supplied offset:

newpos = pos + e->next_offset;
...
e = (struct ipt_entry *) (entry0 + newpos);
e->counters.pcnt = pos;

This means that an out of bounds 32-bit write can occur in a 64kb range from the allocated heap entry, with a controlled offset and a partially controlled write value ("pos") or zero. The attached proof-of-concept (netfilter_setsockopt_v3.c) triggers the corruption multiple times to set adjacent heap structures to zero.

This issue affects (at least) kernel versions 3.10, 3.18 and 4.4. It appears that a similar codepath is accessible via arp_tables.c/ARPT_SO_SET_REPLACE as well.