[FreeBSD-Announce] FreeBSD Errata Notice FreeBSD-EN-07:01.nfs

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Subject: [FreeBSD-Announce] FreeBSD Errata Notice FreeBSD-EN-07:01.nfs
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FreeBSD-EN-07:01.nfs                                            Errata Notice
                                                          The FreeBSD Project

Topic:          NFS server reliability issues

Category:       core
Module:         sys_nfsserver
Announced:      2007-02-14
Credits:        Kostik Belousov,
                Pawel Jakub Dawidek,
                Padma Bhooma,
                Hiroki Sato
Affects:        All FreeBSD 6.x releases prior to 6.2-RELEASE
Corrected:      2007-01-07 13:20:24 UTC (RELENG_6, 6.2-STABLE)
                2007-02-14 22:30:33 UTC (RELENG_6_1, 6.1-RELEASE-p14)
                2007-02-14 22:29:57 UTC (RELENG_6_0, 6.0-RELEASE-p18)

For general information regarding FreeBSD Errata Notices and Security
Advisories, including descriptions of the fields above, security
branches, and the following sections, please visit

I.   Background

The Network File System (NFS) allows a host to export some or all of
its file systems so that other hosts can access them over the network
and mount them as if they were on local disks.  NFS is built on top of
the Sun Remote Procedure Call (RPC) framework.  FreeBSD includes
server and client implementations of NFS.

II.  Problem Description

The NFS server subsystem had the following three problems:

 - Inconsistent locking that leads to performance degradation and can
   cause a system panic during certain operations to manipulate symbolic

 - A memory leak in pathname lookup operation.

 - A bug that prevents a symbolic link with a particular pathname from
   being created.

III. Impact

Under some circumstances, the NFS server subsystem can cause a system
panic due to bugs in the FreeBSD kernel.  This can be serious and could
lead to a denial of service especially in an NFS server configuration
where the server shares home directories amongst many clients. 
This is because several particular operations from a client can trigger
the panic without special privilege on either the server and the client.

IV.   Solution

Perform one of the following:

1) Upgrade your affected system to 6-STABLE, or to the RELENG_6_1 or
RELENG_6_0 errata branch dated after the correction date.

2) To patch your present system:

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

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

[FreeBSD 6.0]
# fetch http://security.FreeBSD.org/patches/EN-07:01/nfs60.patch
# fetch http://security.FreeBSD.org/patches/EN-07:01/nfs60.patch.asc

[FreeBSD 6.1]
# fetch http://security.FreeBSD.org/patches/EN-07:01/nfs61.patch
# fetch http://security.FreeBSD.org/patches/EN-07:01/nfs61.patch.asc

b) Apply the patch.

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

c) Recompile your kernel as described in
<URL:http://www.FreeBSD.org/handbook/kernelconfig.html> and reboot the

V.  Correction details

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

Branch                                                           Revision
- -------------------------------------------------------------------------
  src/UPDATING                                            1.416.
  src/UPDATING                                             1.416.
- -------------------------------------------------------------------------

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