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[PRE-SA-2011-04] Heap overflow in EFI partition handling code of the Linux kernel

PRE-CERT Security Advisory

* Advisory: PRE-SA-2011-04
* Released on: 10 May 2011
* Last updated on: 10 May 2011
* Affected product: Linux Kernel 2.4 and 2.6
* Impact: information disclosure, denial-of-service
* Origin: storage devices
* Credit: Timo Warns (PRESENSE Technologies GmbH)
* CVE Identifier: CVE-2011-1776


The Linux kernel contains a vulnerability that may lead to
an information disclosure or a denial-of-service due to corrupted
partition tables on storage devices.

The kernel automatically evaluates partition tables of storage devices.
The code for evaluating EFI GUID partition tables contains a buffer
overflow bug that allows to leak data from the kernel heap to userspace
or that may allow to cause a kernel oops resulting in a denial of


Compile and use a kernel that does not evaluate EFI GUID partition
tables. The corresponding configuration key is CONFIG_EFI_PARTITION.


A patch is available at



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