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SubjectRe: sendmmsg: put_user vs __put_user
From: Andy Lutomirski <>
Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2012 17:14:25 -0700

> On 03/30/2012 05:51 PM, David Miller wrote:
>> From: Ulrich Drepper <>
>> Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2012 09:36:11 -0400
>>> Shouldn't the compat code in the sendmmsg implementation use the same
>>> code as the normal code? In which case you probably want something
>>> like this:
>> Compat processes are not able to generate virtual addresses anywhere
>> near the range where the kernel resides, so the address range
>> verification done by put_user() is completely superfluous and
>> therefore not necessary. The normal exception handling done by the
>> access is completely sufficient.
> I disagree. The following exploit causes a bogus page fault to a kernel
> address. I think this isn't exploitable right now on x86-64 because the
> page fault handler fixes it up, but I wouldn't be surprised if this
> crashes or at least warns on some architecture. (Actually trashing
> kernel memory is probably impossible with this on x86-64 chips because
> this can only overrun user space by four bytes, and there's a giant gap
> of impossible addresses above user space in x86-64.

I can guarentee this doesn't do anything on sparc64 either because
userspace is completely segregated from kernel space in a way that
every single foo_user() call cannot access kernel space no matter
what address it can trick into being passed there.

I still really don't see an issue with this, sorry.

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