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SubjectRe: tip -ENOBOOT - bisected to locking/refcounts, x86/asm: Implement fast refcount overflow protection
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On Wed, 2017-08-30 at 21:10 -0700, Kees Cook wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 9:01 PM, Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org> wrote:
> > On Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 8:12 PM, Mike Galbraith <efault@gmx.de> wrote:
> >> On Wed, 2017-08-30 at 19:27 -0700, Kees Cook wrote:
> >>
> >>> Interesting! Can you try with 633547973ffc3 ("net: convert
> >>> sk_buff.users from atomic_t to refcount_t") reverted? I'll see if
> >>> running haveged will help me trigger this on my system...
> >>
> >> With that (plus 230cd1279d001 fix to it) reverted, vbox boots.
> >
> > Wonderful! Thank you so much for helping track this down.
> >
> > So, it seems that sk_buff.users will need some more special attention
> > before we can convert it to refcount.
> >
> > x86-refcount will saturate with refcount_dec_and_test() if the result
> > is negative. But that would mean at least starting at 0. FULL should
> > have WARNed in this case, so I remain slightly confused why it was
> > missed by FULL.
>
> Actually, if this is a race condition it's possible that FULL is slow
> enough to miss it...
>
> I bet something briefly takes the refcount negative, and with
> unchecked atomics, it come back up positive again during the race.
> FULL may miss the race, and x86-refcount will catch it and saturate...

Hm, I'll go have a stare.. not that that's likely to turn anything up,
memory ordering stares usually inducing a zombie like state.

-Mike

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