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In this case, count can never be -1, since it's limited by various checks in vfs_write() and rw_verify_area(), etc.  Even if a very large count is passed (LONG_MAX, for example), the allocation will just fail and the OOM killer won't be involved.

Still, it's probably not a bad idea to limit this value anyway.

> count is not checked before kmalloc() call, if it is -1 then
> kmalloc() returns ZERO_SIZE_PTR. This pointer is then dereferenced.
> Also one may pass too big count to generate OOM condition.
> To prevent this limit 'count' maximum value. PAGE_SIZE looks OK.
>
> Signed-off-by: Vasiliy Kulikov <segoon@openwall.com>
> ---
> Compile tested only.
> drivers/gpu/vga/vgaarb.c | 2 ++
> 1 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/drivers/gpu/vga/vgaarb.c b/drivers/gpu/vga/vgaarb.c
> index c380c65..09e3090 100644
> --- a/drivers/gpu/vga/vgaarb.c
> +++ b/drivers/gpu/vga/vgaarb.c
> @@ -836,6 +836,8 @@ static ssize_t vga_arb_write(struct file *file, const char __user * buf,
> int ret_val;
> int i;
>
> + if (count > PAGE_SIZE)
> + count = PAGE_SIZE;
>
> kbuf = kmalloc(count + 1, GFP_KERNEL);
> if (!kbuf)



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