CVE Vulnerabilities


Loop with Unreachable Exit Condition ('Infinite Loop')

Published: Feb 26, 2024 | Modified: Apr 17, 2024
CVSS 3.x
CVSS 2.x

In the Linux kernel, the following vulnerability has been resolved:

x86/fpu: Stop relying on userspace for info to fault in xsave buffer

Before this change, the expected size of the user space buffer was taken from fx_sw->xstate_size. fx_sw->xstate_size can be changed from user-space, so it is possible construct a sigreturn frame where:

  • fx_sw->xstate_size is smaller than the size required by valid bits in fx_sw->xfeatures.
  • user-space unmaps parts of the sigrame fpu buffer so that not all of the buffer required by xrstor is accessible.

In this case, xrstor tries to restore and accesses the unmapped area which results in a fault. But fault_in_readable succeeds because buf + fx_sw->xstate_size is within the still mapped area, so it goes back and tries xrstor again. It will spin in this loop forever.

Instead, fault in the maximum size which can be touched by XRSTOR (taken from fpstate->user_size).

[ dhansen: tweak subject / changelog ]


The product contains an iteration or loop with an exit condition that cannot be reached, i.e., an infinite loop.

Affected Software

Name Vendor Start Version End Version
Linux_kernel Linux 5.14.0 (including) 5.15.150 (excluding)
Linux_kernel Linux 5.16.0 (including) 6.1.79 (excluding)
Linux_kernel Linux 6.2.0 (including) 6.6.18 (excluding)
Linux_kernel Linux 6.7.0 (including) 6.7.6 (excluding)