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IEEE 802.11 buffer overflow

An integer overflow in the handling of corrupt IEEE 802.11 beacon or probe response frames when scanning for existing wireless networks can result in the frame overflowing a buffer.

  • Vendor: FreeBSD
  • Vendor ID: SA-06:05.80211
  • Date: January 18, 2006


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FreeBSD-SA-06:05.80211 Security Advisory
The FreeBSD Project

Topic: IEEE 802.11 buffer overflow

Category: core
Module: net80211
Announced: 2006-01-18
Credits: Karl Janmar
Affects: FreeBSD 6.0
Corrected: 2006-01-18 09:03:15 UTC (RELENG_6, 6.0-STABLE)
2006-01-18 09:03:36 UTC (RELENG_6_0, 6.0-RELEASE-p3)
CVE Name: CVE-2006-0226

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I. Background

The IEEE 802.11 network subsystem of FreeBSD implements the protocol
negotiation used for wireless networking.

II. Problem Description

An integer overflow in the handling of corrupt IEEE 802.11 beacon or
probe response frames when scanning for existing wireless networks can
result in the frame overflowing a buffer.

III. Impact

An attacker able broadcast a carefully crafted beacon or probe response
frame may be able to execute arbitrary code within the context of the
FreeBSD kernel on any system scanning for wireless networks.

IV. Workaround

No workaround is available, but systems without IEEE 802.11 hardware or
drivers loaded are not vulnerable.

V. Solution

Perform one of the following:

1) Upgrade your vulnerable system to 6-STABLE or to the RELENG_6_0
security branch dated after the correction date.

2) To patch your present system:

The following patches have been verified to apply to FreeBSD 6.0 systems.

a) Download the relevant patch from the location below, and verify the
detached PGP signature using your PGP utility.

# fetch ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/CERT/patches/SA-06:05/80211.patch
# fetch ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/CERT/patches/SA-06:05/80211.patch.asc

b) Apply the patch.

# cd /usr/src
# patch < /path/to/patch

c) Recompile your kernel as described in
and reboot the
system.

VI. Correction details

The following list contains the revision numbers of each file that was
corrected in FreeBSD.

Branch Revision
Path
- -------------------------------------------------------------------------
RELENG_6
src/sys/net80211/ieee80211_ioctl.c 1.25.2.9
RELENG_6_0
src/UPDATING 1.416.2.3.2.8
src/sys/conf/newvers.sh 1.69.2.8.2.4
src/sys/net80211/ieee80211_ioctl.c 1.25.2.3.2.1
- -------------------------------------------------------------------------

VII. References

http://www.signedness.org/advisories/sps-0x1.txt
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2006-0226

The latest revision of this advisory is available at
ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/CERT/advisories/FreeBSD-SA-06:05.80211.asc
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