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A cache invalidation bug in Linux memory management

Posted by Jann Horn, Google Project Zero
This blogpost describes a way to exploit a Linux kernel bug (CVE-2018-17182) that exists since kernel version 3.16. While the bug itself is in code that is reachable even from relatively strongly sandboxed contexts, this blogpost only describes a way to exploit it in environments that use Linux kernels that haven't been configured for increased security (specifically, Ubuntu 18.04 with kernel linux-image-4.15.0-34-generic at version 4.15.0-34.37). This demonstrates how the kernel configuration can have a big impact on the difficulty of exploiting a kernel bug.
The bug report and the exploit are filed in our issue tracker as issue 1664.
Fixes for the issue are in the upstream stable releases 4.18.9, 4.14.71, 4.9.128, 4.4.157 and 3.16.58. The bugWhenever a userspace page fault occurs because e.g. a page has to be paged in on demand, the Linux kernel has to look up the VMA (virtual memory area; struct vm_area_struct) that contains the fault addres…