The Logical Link Control and Adaptation Layer Protocol (L2CAP) works at the data link layer in the Bluetooth stack. It provides services such as connection multiplexing, segmentation and reassembly of packets for upper layer protocols such as Bluetooth. It facilitates higher level protocols to transmit and receive L2CAP data packets to and from clients.
A stack buffer overflow issue was found in the way the Linux kernel's Bluetooth subsystem processed the pending configuration packets received from a client. As a result, a client could send arbitrary L2CAP configuration parameters which were stored in a stack buffer object. These parameters could exceed the buffer length, overwriting the adjacent kernel stack contents. This exchange occurs, prior to any authentication, when establishing a Bluetooth connection. An unauthenticated user, who is able to connect to a system via Bluetooth, could use this flaw to crash the system or potentially execute arbitrary code on the system, if the kernel stack protection feature (CONFIG_CC_STACKPROTECTOR=y) is not enabled.
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
- Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2
Products that are not Impacted
- RHEL Atomic Host, while shipping with the vulnerable Bluetooth modules, does not ship with the bluetoothd service, so is not vulnerable.
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and 7 on s390x do not build the vulnerable Bluetooth modules, so are not vulnerable.
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 uses an earlier version of the Bluetooth subsystem within the kernel that does not have the flaw present, so is not vulnerable.
Attack Description and Impact
Diagnose your vulnerability
If Bluetooth hardware is present on your system and the Bluetooth service is enabled and active, it is vulnerable to this flaw. More specifically, the flaw resides within the bluetooth.ko kernel module code, so a system is vulnerable when this module is loaded.
Updates for Affected Products
A kpatch for customers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 or greater will be available. Please open a support case to gain access to the kpatch.
For more details about what a kpatch is: Is live kernel patching (kpatch) supported in RHEL 7?
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7||kernel||RHSA-2017:2679|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7||kernel-rt||RHSA-2017:2704|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 Extended Update Support*||kernel||RHSA-2017:2680|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 Extended Update Support*||kernel||RHSA-2017:2706|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6||kernel||RHSA-2017:2681|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 Extended Update Support*||kernel||RHSA-2017:2682|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 Advanced Update Support**||kernel||RHSA-2017:2731|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 Advanced Update Support**||kernel||RHSA-2017:2707|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 Advanced Update Support**||kernel||RHSA-2017:2683|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 Advanced Update Support**||kernel||RHSA-2017:2732|
|Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2||kernel-rt||RHSA-2017:2705|
**An active AUS subscription is required for access to this patch in RHEL AUS.
Generally kernel stack memory corruption could be easily leveraged to execute arbitrary code with kernel ring 0 (ie. root) privileges on a system. RHEL kernels are hardened with gcc compile time options which protect against such memory corruption. The gcc -fstack-protector option adds a canary value at the beginning of a function and before the function return address. The -fstack-protector-strong extends the canary protection around local stack variables including arrays of any type and length. While copying data to these stack variables, the kernel validates the canary value to detect any memory corruption and thwarts the impending attack by a kernel panic.
# echo "install bnep /bin/true">> /etc/modprobe.d/disable-bluetooth.conf # echo "install bluetooth /bin/true">> /etc/modprobe.d/disable-bluetooth.conf # echo "install btusb /bin/true">> /etc/modprobe.d/disable-bluetooth.conf
On RHEL 6 execute the following commands as root:
# rmmod bnep # rmmod bluetooth # rmmod btusb
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