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Subject[PATCH 4.9 162/171] IB/ucm: Fix Spectre v1 vulnerability
4.9-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Gustavo A. R. Silva <>

commit 0295e39595e1146522f2722715dba7f7fba42217 upstream.

hdr.cmd can be indirectly controlled by user-space, hence leading to
a potential exploitation of the Spectre variant 1 vulnerability.

This issue was detected with the help of Smatch:

drivers/infiniband/core/ucm.c:1127 ib_ucm_write() warn: potential
spectre issue 'ucm_cmd_table' [r] (local cap)

Fix this by sanitizing hdr.cmd before using it to index

Notice that given that speculation windows are large, the policy is
to kill the speculation on the first load and not worry if it can be
completed with a dependent load/store [1].


Signed-off-by: Gustavo A. R. Silva <>
Signed-off-by: Doug Ledford <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

drivers/infiniband/core/ucm.c | 3 +++
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)

--- a/drivers/infiniband/core/ucm.c
+++ b/drivers/infiniband/core/ucm.c
@@ -46,6 +46,8 @@
#include <linux/mutex.h>
#include <linux/slab.h>

+#include <linux/nospec.h>
#include <asm/uaccess.h>

#include <rdma/ib.h>
@@ -1115,6 +1117,7 @@ static ssize_t ib_ucm_write(struct file

if (hdr.cmd >= ARRAY_SIZE(ucm_cmd_table))
return -EINVAL;
+ hdr.cmd = array_index_nospec(hdr.cmd, ARRAY_SIZE(ucm_cmd_table));

if ( + sizeof(hdr) > len)
return -EINVAL;

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