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SubjectRe: Redzone overwritten with CONFIG_SECURITY
hi,

* Vegard Nossum (vegard.nossum@gmail.com) wrote:
> On Tue, May 27, 2008 at 4:00 PM, Eric Sesterhenn <snakebyte@gmx.de> wrote:
> > hi,
> >
> > i tested a kmemcheck kernel as an attempt to debug
> > this further... seems CONFIG_SECURITY is unrelated to
> > this, but slub debugging only catches the
> > overwrite it if i enable CONFIG_SECURITY.
>
> This is sort of expected. kmemcheck is not directly incompatible with
> slub debugging, but it may produce some false positives (that we
> haven't worked out yet). So I recommend that you turn slub debugging
> off, like you did below.

ah, wouldnt a config option or warning message make sense while
this gets sorted out?

> > if i set slub_debug=- i get the kmemcheck warning at
> >
> > (gdb) l *(__slab_alloc+0x238)
> > 0xc0187bc8 is in __slab_alloc (mm/slub.c:303).
> > 298 return *(void **)(object + s->offset);
> > 299 }
> > 300
> > 301 static inline void set_freepointer(struct kmem_cache *s, void
> > *object, void *fp)
> > 302 {
> > 303 *(void **)(object + s->offset) = fp;
> > 304 }
> > 305
> > 306 /* Loop over all objects in a slab */
> > 307 #define for_each_object(__p, __s, __addr, __objects) \
>
> Hm, yes. It would be nice to see the actual kmemcheck error message as
> well in order to determine the cause of this.

Ok, here we go, i tried to write it down as good as possible

BUG: unable to handle kernel paging request at cb801000
IP: [(c0187bc8)] __slab_alloc+0x238/0x5e0
*pde = 01019067 *pte = 0x801962
Thread overran stack, or stack corrupted
Oops: 0002 [#1] PREEMPT
Modules linked in:

Pid: 0, comm: swapper Not tainted (2.6.25-x86-latest,git....)
EIP: 0060:[(c0187bc8)] EFLAGS: 00010286 CPU:0
EIP is at __slab_alloc+0x238/0x5e0
EAX: c08a3d40 EBC: cf801000 ECX: 00000000 EDX: c125b024
ESI: cf801000 EDI: cf801000 EBP: c08a9f54 ESP: c08a9f24
DS: 007b ES: 007b FS: 0000 CS: 0000 SS: 0068
Process swapper (pid: 0, ti=c08a9000 task=c08583c0, task.ti=c08a9000)
Stack: c125b024 c0441b07 00000008 00000000 ffffffff 000000d0 c08a3d40 00000010
c125b024 00000000 c08a3d40 00000286 c08a9f78 c0189187 c0443d85 c08a3ddc
c04433d85 000000d0 00000000 c08a9fb4 0000000a c08a9f98 c0443d85 c08a9fb8
Call Trace:
? vsnprintf+0x2d7
? __ kmalloc+0xf7
? kvasprintf+0x35
? kvasprintf+0x35
? kvasprintf+0x35
? kasprintf+0x17
? kmem_cache_init+0xcd
? start_kernel+0x1c9
? unknown_bootoption+0x0
? i386_start_kernel+0x8
=====
Copde: 0a 8b 59 04 0f af c3 8d 04 07 39 f8 76 36 89 fb eb 04 89 f3 89 ce 8b 55 f0 89 d9 8b 45 e8 e8 d0 ea ff ff 8b 45 e8 8b 48 0c 01 cb(89) 33 8b 5d f0 8b 50 04 0f b7 43 0a 8d 0c 32 0f af c2 8d 04 07
EIP: [(c0187bc8)] __slab_alloc+0x238/0x5e0 SS:ESP 0068:c08a9f24
--- end trace ---
Kernel panic - not syncing: attempted to kill the idle task!
< and a second stack trace >

> I don't really see how that write (= fp) can cause an error, so it has
> to be the s->offset dereference that is doing it. That seems extremely
> unlikely and would indicate a bug in SLUB itself...
>
> Out of curiosity, will your crash go away entirely if you compile the
> kernel using SLAB?

I am currently compiling the kernel, will report once this is finished

> It would be nice to see the whole dmesg if you can get it.

At the moment i dont have a camera at hand and netconsole doesnt
catch it since it is too early

> You should also make sure you have either
>
> CONFIG_KMEMCHECK_ENABLED_BY_DEFAULT=y

is set to 'y'

> There is actually a newer kmemcheck tree which supports
> kmemcheck+SLAB, but the version you are running should be usable for
> debugging your problem, so I'm not going to ask you to try that.

wouldnt be a problem to try it

> Thanks for trying it out, it would feel good if kmemcheck would
> finally be useful for something :-) Good luck.

yeah, its a nice project, is there a reason why it isnt in mainline yet?

Thanks for your help, Eric



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