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FreeBSD-SA-18:13.nfs Security Advisory
The FreeBSD Project
Topic: Multiple vulnerabilities in NFS server code
Credits: Jakub Jirasek, Secunia Research at Flexera
Affects: All supported versions of FreeBSD.
Corrected: 2018-11-23 20:41:54 UTC (stable/11, 11.2-STABLE)
2018-11-27 19:42:16 UTC (releng/11.2, 11.2-RELEASE-p5)
CVE Name: CVE-2018-17157, CVE-2018-17158, CVE-2018-17159
For general information regarding FreeBSD Security Advisories,
including descriptions of the fields above, security branches, and the
following sections, please visit <URL:https://security.FreeBSD.org/>.
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 local. FreeBSD includes both server and client
implementations of NFS.
II. Problem Description
Insufficient and improper checking in the NFS server code could cause a
denial of service or possibly remote code execution via a specially crafted
A remote attacker could cause the NFS server to crash, resulting in a denial
of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code on the server.
No workaround is available, but systems that do not provide NFS services are
Additionally, it is highly recommended the NFS service port (default port
number 2049) is protected via a host or network based firewall to prevent
arbitrary, untrusted clients from being able to connect.
Perform one of the following:
1) Upgrade your vulnerable system to a supported FreeBSD stable or
release / security branch (releng) dated after the correction date.
Afterward, reboot the system.
2) To update your vulnerable system via a binary patch:
Systems running a RELEASE version of FreeBSD on the i386 or amd64
platforms can be updated via the freebsd-update(8) utility:
# freebsd-update fetch
# freebsd-update install
Afterward, reboot the system.
3) To update your vulnerable system via a source code patch:
The following patches have been verified to apply to the applicable
FreeBSD release branches.
a) Download the relevant patch from the location below, and verify the
detached PGP signature using your PGP utility.
# fetch https://security.FreeBSD.org/patches/SA-18:13/nfs.patch
# fetch https://security.FreeBSD.org/patches/SA-18:13/nfs.patch.asc
# gpg –verify nfs.patch.asc
b) Apply the patch. Execute the following commands as root:
# cd /usr/src
# patch < /path/to/patch
c) Recompile your kernel as described in
<URL:https://www.FreeBSD.org/handbook/kernelconfig.html> and reboot the
VI. Correction details
The following list contains the correction revision numbers for each
To see which files were modified by a particular revision, run the
following command, replacing NNNNNN with the revision number, on a
machine with Subversion installed:
# svn diff -cNNNNNN –summarize svn://svn.freebsd.org/base
Or visit the following URL, replacing NNNNNN with the revision number:
The latest revision of this advisory is available at
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