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Subject[05/13] [NET]: Fix signedness issues in net/core/filter.c
-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let us know.


This is the code to load packet data into a register:

k = fentry->k;
if (k < 0) {
} else {
u32 _tmp, *p;
p = skb_header_pointer(skb, k, 4, &_tmp);
if (p != NULL) {
A = ntohl(*p);

skb_header_pointer checks if the requested data is within the
linear area:

int hlen = skb_headlen(skb);

if (offset + len <= hlen)
return skb->data + offset;

When offset is within [INT_MAX-len+1..INT_MAX] the addition will
result in a negative number which is <= hlen.

I couldn't trigger a crash on my AMD64 with 2GB of memory, but a
coworker tried on his x86 machine and it crashed immediately.

This patch fixes the check in skb_header_pointer to handle large
positive offsets similar to skb_copy_bits. Invalid data can still
be accessed using negative offsets (also similar to skb_copy_bits),
anyone using negative offsets needs to verify them himself.

Thanks to Thomas Vögtle <> for verifying the
problem by crashing his machine and providing me with an Oops.

Signed-off-by: Patrick McHardy <>
Signed-off-by: Chris Wright <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
include/linux/skbuff.h | 2 +-
1 files changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

--- linux- 2005-07-28 11:17:01.000000000 -0700
+++ linux- 2005-07-28 11:17:12.000000000 -0700
@@ -1192,7 +1192,7 @@
int hlen = skb_headlen(skb);

- if (offset + len <= hlen)
+ if (hlen - offset >= len)
return skb->data + offset;

if (skb_copy_bits(skb, offset, buffer, len) < 0)
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