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SystemTap: Denial of Service


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 201406-04 / systemtap
Release Date June 05, 2014
Latest Revision June 05, 2014: 1
Impact normal
Exploitable local
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
dev-util/systemtap < 2.0 >= 2.0 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #405345


A vulnerability in SystemTap could allow a local attacker to create a Denial of Service condition.

2.  Impact Information


SystemTap is a kernel profiling and instrumentation tool.


SystemTap does not properly handle DWARF expressions when unwinding the stack.


A local attacker with SystemTap permissions could trigger a kernel panic, causing a Denial of Service condition.

3.  Resolution Information


Disabling unprivileged mode is a temporary workaround for this vulnerability.


All SystemTap users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

  # emerge --sync
  # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-util/systemtap-2.0"

4.  References


Page updated June 05, 2014

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