Mitigate Baron SameEdit (CVE-2021-3156) vulnerability

sles 15.2
race weakness #74


Weakness Breakdown


A race condition exists when parallel code accesses shared data without proper coordination. An attack that uses a race-condition weakness takes advantage of the unsafe data access to manipulate how one of the parallel sections of code reacts. Even though each process runs as intended, the outcome is unexpected. For example, consider a bank service that depends on an encryption key that it reads from a known location. An independent cryptography service is responsible for generating the key and placing it where the bank is expected to read it in a timely manner. If the bank and cryptography services do not coordinate with each other, then the bank may read a blank encryption key before cryptography writes the key to the location. This can effectively turn off all encryption for the bank without either service, or the administrator, knowing that something has gone wrong.

Warning code(s):

This accepts filename arguments; if an attacker can move those files or change the link content, a race condition results. Also, it does not terminate with ASCII NUL..

File Name:



The highlighted line of code below is the trigger point of this particular Sles 15.2 race weakness.

 				fprintf(std[1], "%7llu", (Llong)fs->st_size);
		modstr(std[2], fs, mstr, name, sname, state);

		if (paxls || fs->st_nlink > 0) {
			 * UNIX ls uses %3d for the link count
			 * and does not claim space for ACL '+'
			js_sprintf(lstr, " %2ld", (long)fs->st_nlink);
		} else {
			lstr[0] = 0;

		switch (fs->st_mode & S_IFMT) {

		case S_IFREG:	ft = '-'; break;
#ifdef	S_IFLNK
		case S_IFLNK:	ft = 'l';
				if (state->lname != NULL) {
					lnamep = state->lname;
				lname[0] = '\0';
				lsize = readlink(sname, lname, sizeof (lname));
				if (lsize < 0)
					gettext("Cannot read link '%s'.\n"),
				lname[sizeof (lname)-1] = '\0';
				if (lsize >= 0)
					lname[lsize] = '\0';
		case S_IFDIR:	ft = 'd'; break;
#ifdef	S_IFBLK
		case S_IFBLK:	ft = 'b'; break;
#ifdef	S_IFCHR
		case S_IFCHR:	ft = 'c'; break;
#ifdef	S_IFIFO
		case S_IFIFO:	ft = 'p'; break;
#ifdef	S_IFDOOR
		case S_IFDOOR:	ft = 'D'; break;
#ifdef	S_IFSOCK
		case S_IFSOCK:	ft = 's'; break;

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