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    SubjectRe: [patch] avoid unaligned access when accessing poll stack
    Jes Sorensen wrote:
    > I assume you mean select().
    > Updated patch attached.

    This fixes a few problems introduced by this patch.

    * Fixes two warnings caused by mixing "char *" and "long *" pointers

    * If SELECT_STACK_ALLOC is not a multiple of sizeof(long) then stack_fds[]
    would be less than SELECT_STACK_ALLOC bytes and could overflow later in
    the function. Fixed by simply rearranging the test later to work on

    Currently SELECT_STACK_ALLOC is 256 so this doesn't happen, but it's
    nasty to have things like this hidden in the code. What if later
    someone decides to change SELECT_STACK_ALLOC to 300?

    * I also changed "size" to be unsigned since that makes more sense and
    is less prone to overflow bugs. I'm also a little scared by the
    "kmalloc(6 * size)" since that type of call is a classic multiply-overflow
    security hole (hence libc's calloc() API). However "size" is constrained
    by fdt->max_fdset so I think it isn't exploitable. The kernel doesn't
    have an overflow-safe API for kmalloc'ing arrays, does it?

    Patch is vs current git HEAD. Only compile/boot tested.

    Signed-off-by: Mitchell Blank Jr <>

    diff --git a/fs/select.c b/fs/select.c
    index 071660f..bd9c7db 100644
    --- a/fs/select.c
    +++ b/fs/select.c
    @@ -311,7 +311,8 @@ static int core_sys_select(int n, fd_set
    fd_set_bits fds;
    char *bits;
    - int ret, size, max_fdset;
    + int ret, max_fdset;
    + unsigned int size;
    struct fdtable *fdt;
    /* Allocate small arguments on the stack to save memory and be faster */
    long stack_fds[SELECT_STACK_ALLOC/sizeof(long)];
    @@ -335,8 +336,8 @@ static int core_sys_select(int n, fd_set
    ret = -ENOMEM;
    size = FDS_BYTES(n);
    - if (6*size < SELECT_STACK_ALLOC)
    - bits = stack_fds;
    + if (size < sizeof(stack_fds) / 6)
    + bits = (char *) stack_fds;
    bits = kmalloc(6 * size, GFP_KERNEL);
    if (!bits)
    @@ -373,7 +374,7 @@ static int core_sys_select(int n, fd_set
    ret = -EFAULT;

    - if (bits != stack_fds)
    + if (bits != (char *) stack_fds)
    return ret;
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