Re: New pentium bug workaround - please test..

Pavel Machek (
Wed, 19 Nov 1997 12:00:29 +0100

> Hi!

> The new workaround actually depends on the Intel bug not only forgetting
> to clear the "lock" state of the instruction, it also forgets to clear the
> fact that the instruction tries to do a read-modify-write cycle. So it
> will not only do the IDT access as a locked cycle, it will do it as a
> locked cycle that requires write permissions..

Is it possible to abuse this bug (or something similar) to actually
*WRITE* something into IDT? For now, we have DoS attack on pentium,
writing there would (maybe) give you Ring 0, which means root which
means hacked machine...

PS: FOrtunately I've AMD486 ;-).

I'm really 	   Pavel
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