SyzScope: Revealing High-Risk Security Impacts of Fuzzer-Exposed Bugs in Linux kernel


Xiaochen Zou, Guoren Li, Weiteng Chen, Hang Zhang, and Zhiyun Qian, UC Riverside


Fuzzing has become one of the most effective bug finding approach for software. In recent years, 24*7 continuous fuzzing platforms have emerged to test critical pieces of software, e.g., Linux kernel. Though capable of discovering many bugs and providing reproducers (e.g., proof-of-concepts), a major problem is that they neglect a critical function that should have been built-in, i.e., evaluation of a bug's security impact. It is well-known that the lack of understanding of security impact can lead to delayed bug fixes as well as patch propagation. In this paper, we develop SyzScope, a system that can automatically uncover new "high-risk" impacts given a bug with seemingly "low-risk" impacts. From analyzing over a thousand low-risk bugs on syzbot, SyzScope successfully determined that 183 low-risk bugs (more than 15%) in fact contain high-risk impacts, e.g., control flow hijack and arbitrary memory write, some of which still do not have patches available yet.

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@inproceedings {277242,
author = {Xiaochen Zou and Guoren Li and Weiteng Chen and Hang Zhang and Zhiyun Qian},
title = {{SyzScope}: Revealing {High-Risk} Security Impacts of {Fuzzer-Exposed} Bugs in Linux kernel},
booktitle = {31st USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security 22)},
year = {2022},
isbn = {978-1-939133-31-1},
address = {Boston, MA},
pages = {3201--3217},
url = {},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = aug,

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