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Subject[PATCH v4 1/1]: fs: pipe.c null pointer dereference + really sign off + unmangled diffs
[ Exactly as before, but really sign off and tabs preserved ]


This patch fixes a null pointer exception in pipe_rdwr_open() which
generates the stack trace:


> Unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at 0000000000000028 RIP:
> [<ffffffff802899a5>] pipe_rdwr_open+0x35/0x70
> [<ffffffff8028125c>] __dentry_open+0x13c/0x230
> [<ffffffff8028143d>] do_filp_open+0x2d/0x40
> [<ffffffff802814aa>] do_sys_open+0x5a/0x100
> [<ffffffff8021faf3>] sysenter_do_call+0x1b/0x67


The failure mode is triggered by an attempt to open an anonymous
pipe via /proc/pid/fd/* as exemplified by this script:

=============================================================
#!/bin/sh
while : ; do
{ echo y ; sleep 1 ; } | { while read ; do echo z$REPLY; done ; } &
PID=$!
OUT=$(ps -efl | grep 'sleep 1' | grep -v grep |
{ read PID REST ; echo $PID; } )
OUT="${OUT%% *}"
DELAY=$((RANDOM * 1000 / 32768))
usleep $((DELAY * 1000 + RANDOM % 1000 ))
echo n > /proc/$OUT/fd/1 # Trigger defect
done
=============================================================

Note that the failure window is quite small and I could only
reliably reproduce the defect by inserting a small delay
in pipe_rdwr_open(). For example:

static int
pipe_rdwr_open(struct inode *inode, struct file *filp)
{
msleep(100);
mutex_lock(&inode->i_mutex);


Although the defect was observed in pipe_rdwr_open(), I think it
makes sense to replicate the change through all the pipe_*_open()
functions.

The core of the change is to verify that inode->i_pipe has not
been released before attempting to manipulate it. If inode->i_pipe
is no longer present, return ENOENT to indicate so.

The comment about potentially using atomic_t for i_pipe->readers
and i_pipe->writers has also been removed because it is no longer
relevant in this context. The inode->i_mutex lock must be used so
that inode->i_pipe can be dealt with correctly.


Signed-off-by: Earl Chew <earl_chew@agilent.com>


--- linux-2.6.21_mvlcge500/fs/pipe.c.orig 2009-10-15 20:33:53.000000000 -0700
+++ linux-2.6.21_mvlcge500/fs/pipe.c 2009-10-15 21:21:25.000000000 -0700
@@ -712,36 +712,55 @@ pipe_rdwr_release(struct inode *inode, s
static int
pipe_read_open(struct inode *inode, struct file *filp)
{
- /* We could have perhaps used atomic_t, but this and friends
- below are the only places. So it doesn't seem worthwhile. */
+ int ret = -ENOENT;
+
mutex_lock(&inode->i_mutex);
- inode->i_pipe->readers++;
+
+ if (inode->i_pipe) {
+ ret = 0;
+ inode->i_pipe->readers++;
+ }
+
mutex_unlock(&inode->i_mutex);

- return 0;
+ return ret;
}

static int
pipe_write_open(struct inode *inode, struct file *filp)
{
+ int ret = -ENOENT;
+
mutex_lock(&inode->i_mutex);
- inode->i_pipe->writers++;
+
+ if (inode->i_pipe) {
+ ret = 0;
+ inode->i_pipe->writers++;
+ }
+
mutex_unlock(&inode->i_mutex);

- return 0;
+ return ret;
}

static int
pipe_rdwr_open(struct inode *inode, struct file *filp)
{
+ int ret = -ENOENT;
+
mutex_lock(&inode->i_mutex);
- if (filp->f_mode & FMODE_READ)
- inode->i_pipe->readers++;
- if (filp->f_mode & FMODE_WRITE)
- inode->i_pipe->writers++;
+
+ if (inode->i_pipe) {
+ ret = 0;
+ if (filp->f_mode & FMODE_READ)
+ inode->i_pipe->readers++;
+ if (filp->f_mode & FMODE_WRITE)
+ inode->i_pipe->writers++;
+ }
+
mutex_unlock(&inode->i_mutex);

- return 0;
+ return ret;
}

/*



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