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Subject[PATCH v2] tty: vt: remove multi-fetch, derive font.height from font.data
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In con_font_set(), when we need to guess font height (for
compat reasons?), the current approach uses multiple userspace
fetches, i.e., get_user(tmp, &charmap[32*i+h-1]), to derive
the height. This has two drawbacks:

1. performance: accessing userspace memory is less efficient than
directly de-reference the byte

2. security: a more critical problem is that the height derived
might not match with the actual font.data. This is because a user
thread might race condition to change the memory of op->data after
the op->height guessing but before the second fetch: font.data =
memdup_user(op->data, size). Leaving font.height = 32 while the
actual height is 1 or vice-versa.

This patch tries to resolve both issues by re-locating the height
guessing part after the font.data is fetched in. In this way, the
userspace data is fetched in one shot and we directly dereference
the font.data in kernel space to probe for the height.

Signed-off-by: Meng Xu <mengxu.gatech@gmail.com>
---
Changes in V2
- Removed trailing spaces and splited lines with over 80 characters.

drivers/tty/vt/vt.c | 48 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++--------------------
1 file changed, 28 insertions(+), 20 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/tty/vt/vt.c b/drivers/tty/vt/vt.c
index 2ebaba1..291e2b0 100644
--- a/drivers/tty/vt/vt.c
+++ b/drivers/tty/vt/vt.c
@@ -4121,37 +4121,45 @@ static int con_font_set(struct vc_data *vc, struct console_font_op *op)
return -EINVAL;
if (op->charcount > 512)
return -EINVAL;
+ if (op->width <= 0 || op->width > 32 || op->height > 32)
+ return -EINVAL;
+ size = (op->width+7)/8 * 32 * op->charcount;
+ if (size > max_font_size)
+ return -ENOSPC;
+
+ font.data = memdup_user(op->data, size);
+ if (IS_ERR(font.data))
+ return PTR_ERR(font.data);
+
if (!op->height) { /* Need to guess font height [compat] */
int h, i;
- u8 __user *charmap = op->data;
- u8 tmp;
-
- /* If from KDFONTOP ioctl, don't allow things which can be done in userland,
- so that we can get rid of this soon */
- if (!(op->flags & KD_FONT_FLAG_OLD))
+ u8 *charmap = font.data;
+
+ /*
+ * If from KDFONTOP ioctl, don't allow things which can be done
+ * in userland,so that we can get rid of this soon
+ */
+ if (!(op->flags & KD_FONT_FLAG_OLD)) {
+ kfree(font.data);
return -EINVAL;
+ }
+
for (h = 32; h > 0; h--)
- for (i = 0; i < op->charcount; i++) {
- if (get_user(tmp, &charmap[32*i+h-1]))
- return -EFAULT;
- if (tmp)
+ for (i = 0; i < op->charcount; i++)
+ if (charmap[32*i+h-1])
goto nonzero;
- }
+
+ kfree(font.data);
return -EINVAL;
+
nonzero:
op->height = h;
}
- if (op->width <= 0 || op->width > 32 || op->height > 32)
- return -EINVAL;
- size = (op->width+7)/8 * 32 * op->charcount;
- if (size > max_font_size)
- return -ENOSPC;
+
font.charcount = op->charcount;
- font.height = op->height;
font.width = op->width;
- font.data = memdup_user(op->data, size);
- if (IS_ERR(font.data))
- return PTR_ERR(font.data);
+ font.height = op->height;
+
console_lock();
if (vc->vc_mode != KD_TEXT)
rc = -EINVAL;
--
2.7.4
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