[TUHS] Old Unix vulnerabilities

Tony Finch dot at dotat.at
Mon May 15 19:46:08 AEST 2017


Random832 <random832 at fastmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, May 13, 2017, at 19:34, Dave Horsfall wrote:
> >
> > A beauty in V6 (and possibly V7) was discovered by the kiddies in Elec
> > Eng; by sending a signal with an appropriately-crafted negative value (as
> > determined from inspecting <user.h>) you could overwrite u.u_uid with
> > zero...  Needless to say I scrambled to fix that one on my 11/40 network!
>
> V7 fixes it by changing the if(sig >= NSIG) in psignal to cast it to
> unsigned.

Even without that check V7 wouldn't be vulnerable. In V6, the
vulnerability occurs in psig() when the signal action is reset:

http://minnie.tuhs.org/cgi-bin/utree.pl?file=V6/usr/sys/ken/sig.c

	rp = u.u_procp;
	n = rp->p_sig;
	rp->p_sig = 0;
	if((p=u.u_signal[n]) != 0) {
		u.u_error = 0;
		if(n != SIGINS && n != SIGTRC)
			u.u_signal[n] = 0;
		/* if n < 0 this can overwrite u.u_uid */

In V7, instead of a single pending signal, there is a bitmap of pending
signals, so the corresponding code is,

http://minnie.tuhs.org/cgi-bin/utree.pl?file=V7/usr/sys/sys/sig.c

	n = fsig(rp);
	if (n==0)
		return;
	rp->p_sig &= ~(1<<(n-1));
	if((p=u.u_signal[n]) != 0) {
		u.u_error = 0;
		if(n != SIGINS && n != SIGTRC)
			u.u_signal[n] = 0;
		/* always within the array bounds */

Tony.
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