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SubjectRe: [PATCH] FS: ext4: fix integer overflow in alloc_flex_gd()
On 2/20/12 4:41 PM, Haogang Chen wrote:
> In alloc_flex_gd(), when flexbg_size is large, kmalloc size would
> overflow and flex_gd->groups would point to a buffer smaller than
> expected, causing OOB accesses when it is used.
> Note that in ext4_resize_fs(), flexbg_size is calculated using
> sbi->s_log_groups_per_flex, which is read from the disk and only bounded
> to [1, 31]. The patch returns NULL for too large flexbg_size

Hm this raises a few questions I think.

On the one hand, making sure the kmalloc arg doesn't overflow here is
certainly a good thing and probably the right thing to do in the short term.

So I guess:

Reviewed-by: Eric Sandeen <>

for that, to close the hole.

But the types are a mess; alloc_flex_gd() takes an unsigned long;
it's passed an int, and assigns to flex_gd->count, an ext4_group_t
(which is an unsigned int). They should probably all be ext4_group_t
for consistency.

But that's not the worst of it...

Doesn't this also mean that a valid s_log_groups_per_flex (i.e. 31)
will fail in this resize code? That would be an unexpected outcome.
2^31 groups per flex is a little crazy, but still technically valid
according to the limits in the code.

So really, trying to allocate an array of all possible groups-per-flex
in the resize code is probably a really bad idea to start with, and the
resize code has got serious problems if kmalloc(UINT_MAX-1) is expected
to work...


> Signed-off-by: Haogang Chen <>
> ---
> fs/ext4/resize.c | 2 ++
> 1 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/fs/ext4/resize.c b/fs/ext4/resize.c
> index f9d948f..8601f4b 100644
> --- a/fs/ext4/resize.c
> +++ b/fs/ext4/resize.c
> @@ -161,6 +161,8 @@ static struct ext4_new_flex_group_data *alloc_flex_gd(unsigned long flexbg_size)
> if (flex_gd == NULL)
> goto out3;
> + if (flexbg_size >= UINT_MAX / sizeof(struct ext4_new_flex_group_data))
> + goto out2;
> flex_gd->count = flexbg_size;
> flex_gd->groups = kmalloc(sizeof(struct ext4_new_group_data) *

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