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SubjectRe: [PATCH] net: Whitelist the skbuff_head_cache "cb" field
On Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 7:16 AM, David Miller <> wrote:
> From: Kees Cook <>
> Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2018 17:44:38 -0800
>> Most callers of put_cmsg() use a "sizeof(foo)" for the length argument.
>> Within put_cmsg(), a copy_to_user() call is made with a dynamic size, as a
>> result of the cmsg header calculations. This means that hardened usercopy
>> will examine the copy, even though it was technically a fixed size and
>> should be implicitly whitelisted. All the put_cmsg() calls being built
>> from values in skbuff_head_cache are coming out of the protocol-defined
>> "cb" field, so whitelist this field entirely instead of creating per-use
>> bounce buffers, for which there are concerns about performance.
>> Original report was:
> ...
>> Reported-by:
>> Fixes: 6d07d1cd300f ("usercopy: Restrict non-usercopy caches to size 0")
>> Signed-off-by: Kees Cook <>
>> ---
>> I tried the inlining, it was awful. Splitting put_cmsg() was awful. So,
>> instead, whitelist the "cb" field as the least bad option if bounce
>> buffers are unacceptable. Dave, do you want to take this through net, or
>> should I take it through the usercopy tree?
> Thanks Kees, I'll take this through my 'net' tree.

Cool, thanks. And just to be clear, if it's not already obvious, this
patch needs kmem_cache_create_usercopy() which just landed in Linus's
tree last week, in case you've not merged yet.


Kees Cook
Pixel Security

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