executing insmod hangs the entire os

noyb noybee afzalulh at gmail.com
Tue Feb 17 11:16:00 EST 2015

When I execute insmod for the kernel module object file of the
following C code, the entire system hangs. The module replaces the
reference to original chroot system call with a new one in the
sys_call_table. The syscall_table address is correct as per
System.map(which returns 2 values for sys_call_table, surprisingly). I
am on a VM running CentOS 6.6 with kernel version 2.6.32-504.

#include <linux/init.h>
#include <linux/module.h>
#include <linux/kernel.h>
#include <linux/errno.h>
#include <linux/types.h>
#include <linux/unistd.h>
#include <asm/cacheflush.h>
#include <asm/page.h>
#include <asm/current.h>
#include <linux/sched.h>
#include <linux/kallsyms.h>

unsigned long *syscall_table = (unsigned long *)0xffffffff81600560;

asmlinkage int (*original_chroot)(const char __user *);

asmlinkage int new_chroot(const char __user *filename){
    return (*original_chroot)(filename);

static int init(void) {
    printk(KERN_ALERT "\nHIJACK INIT\n");
    original_chroot = (void *)syscall_table[__NR_chroot];
    syscall_table[__NR_chroot] = new_chroot;
    return 0;

static void exit(void) {
    syscall_table[__NR_chroot] = original_chroot;
    printk(KERN_ALERT "MODULE EXIT\n");


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