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SubjectRe: [PATCH] kernel: sys: fix potential Spectre v1
On Fri, May 18, 2018 at 2:27 PM, Gustavo A. R. Silva
<gustavo@embeddedor.com> wrote:
>
>
> On 05/18/2018 03:44 PM, Gustavo A. R. Silva wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Oops, it seems I sent the wrong patch. The function would look like
>>>> this:
>>>>
>>>> #ifndef sanitize_index_nospec
>>>> inline bool sanitize_index_nospec(unsigned long *index,
>>>> unsigned long size)
>>>> {
>>>> if (*index >= size)
>>>> return false;
>>>> *index = array_index_nospec(*index, size);
>>>>
>>>> return true;
>>>> }
>>>> #endif
>>>
>>>
>>> I think this is fine in concept, we already do something similar in
>>> mpls_label_ok(). Perhaps call it validate_index_nospec() since
>>> validation is something that can fail, but sanitization in theory is
>>> something that can always succeed.
>>>
>>
>> OK. I got it.
>>
>>> However, the problem is the data type of the index. I expect you would
>>> need to do this in a macro and use typeof() if you wanted this to be
>>> generally useful, and also watch out for multiple usage of a macro
>>> argument. Is it still worth it at that point?
>>>
>>
>> Yeah. I think it is worth it. I'll work on this during the weekend and
>> send a proper patch for review.
>>
>> Thanks for the feedback.
>
>
> BTW, I'm analyzing other cases, like the following:
>
> bool foo(int x)
> {
> if(!validate_index_nospec(&x))
> return false;
>
> [...]
>
> return true;
> }
>
> int vulnerable(int x)
> {
> if (!foo(x))
> return -1;
>
> temp = array[x];
>
> [...]
>
> }
>
> Basically my doubt is how deep this barrier can be placed into the call
> chain in order to continue working.

This is broken you would need to pass the address of x into foo()
otherwise there may be speculation on the return value of foo.

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