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SubjectRe: [kernel-hardening] Re: [PATCH v9 1/4] syscalls: Verify address limit before returning to user-mode
On Tue, May 09, 2017 at 11:53:01PM -0700, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Wed, May 10, 2017 at 04:12:54AM +0100, Al Viro wrote:
> > What's the point? What's wrong with having kernel_read()/kernel_readv()/etc.?
> > You still have set_fs() in there; doing that one level up in call chain would
> > be just fine... IDGI.
> The problem is that they modify the address limit, which the whole
> subthread here wants to get rid of.

And you *still* do the same. Christoph, this is ridiculous - the worst
part of the area is not a couple of functions in fs/read_write.c, it's
a fucking lot of ->read() and ->write() instances in shitty driver code,
pardon the redundance. And _that_ is still done under set_fs(KERNEL_DS).

Claiming that set_fs() done one function deeper in callchain (both in
fs/read_write.c) is somehow better because it reduces the amount of code
under that thing... Get real, please - helpers that encapsulate those
set_fs() pairs (a-la kernel_read(), etc.) absolutely make sense and
converting their open-coded instances to calls of those helpers is clearly
a good thing. However, we are not
* getting rid of low-quality code run under KERNEL_DS
* gettind rid of set_fs() itself
* getting a generic kernel_read() variant that would really take
an iov_iter.

That's what I'm objecting to. Centralized kernel_readv() - sure,
and fs/read_write.c is the right place for those. No arguments here.
Conversion to those - absolutely; drivers have no fucking business touching
set_fs() at all. But your primitives are trouble waiting to happen.
Let them take kvec arrays. And let them, in case when there's no
->read_iter()/->write_iter(), do set_fs(). Statically, without this
if (iter->type & ITER_KVEC) ... stuff.

> > Another delicate place: you can't assume that write() always advances
> > file position by its (positive) return value. btrfs stuff is sensitive
> > to that.
> If we don't want to assume that we need to pass pointer to pos to
> kernel_read/write. Which might be a good idea in general.


> > ashmem probably _is_ OK with demanding ->read_iter(), but I'm not sure
> > about blind asma->file->f_pos += ret. That's begging for races. Actually,
> > scratch that - it *is* racy.
> I think the proper fix is to not even bother to maintain f_pos of the
> backing file, as we don't ever use it - all reads from it pass in
> an explicit position anyway.

vfs_llseek() used by ashmem_llseek()...

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