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authorMathieu Desnoyers <>2013-02-25 10:20:36 -0500
committerLinus Torvalds <>2013-03-12 11:05:45 -0700
commit8aec0f5d4137532de14e6554fd5dd201ff3a3c49 (patch)
tree314f28e5ad96423c6983aec9270462d76c0bb343 /mm
parentc39ac49f23424086b43aceeace243f7a8bcc3ad8 (diff)
Fix: compat_rw_copy_check_uvector() misuse in aio, readv, writev, and security keys
Looking at mm/process_vm_access.c:process_vm_rw() and comparing it to compat_process_vm_rw() shows that the compatibility code requires an explicit "access_ok()" check before calling compat_rw_copy_check_uvector(). The same difference seems to appear when we compare fs/read_write.c:do_readv_writev() to fs/compat.c:compat_do_readv_writev(). This subtle difference between the compat and non-compat requirements should probably be debated, as it seems to be error-prone. In fact, there are two others sites that use this function in the Linux kernel, and they both seem to get it wrong: Now shifting our attention to fs/aio.c, we see that aio_setup_iocb() also ends up calling compat_rw_copy_check_uvector() through aio_setup_vectored_rw(). Unfortunately, the access_ok() check appears to be missing. Same situation for security/keys/compat.c:compat_keyctl_instantiate_key_iov(). I propose that we add the access_ok() check directly into compat_rw_copy_check_uvector(), so callers don't have to worry about it, and it therefore makes the compat call code similar to its non-compat counterpart. Place the access_ok() check in the same location where copy_from_user() can trigger a -EFAULT error in the non-compat code, so the ABI behaviors are alike on both compat and non-compat. While we are here, fix compat_do_readv_writev() so it checks for compat_rw_copy_check_uvector() negative return values. And also, fix a memory leak in compat_keyctl_instantiate_key_iov() error handling. Acked-by: Linus Torvalds <> Acked-by: Al Viro <> Signed-off-by: Mathieu Desnoyers <> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
Diffstat (limited to 'mm')
1 files changed, 0 insertions, 8 deletions
diff --git a/mm/process_vm_access.c b/mm/process_vm_access.c
index 926b46649749..fd26d0433509 100644
--- a/mm/process_vm_access.c
+++ b/mm/process_vm_access.c
@@ -429,12 +429,6 @@ compat_process_vm_rw(compat_pid_t pid,
if (flags != 0)
return -EINVAL;
- if (!access_ok(VERIFY_READ, lvec, liovcnt * sizeof(*lvec)))
- goto out;
- if (!access_ok(VERIFY_READ, rvec, riovcnt * sizeof(*rvec)))
- goto out;
if (vm_write)
rc = compat_rw_copy_check_uvector(WRITE, lvec, liovcnt,
UIO_FASTIOV, iovstack_l,
@@ -459,8 +453,6 @@ free_iovecs:
if (iov_l != iovstack_l)
return rc;