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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] usbip: vhci_sysfs: fix potential Spectre v1

On 05/18/2018 11:06 AM, Shuah Khan wrote:
> On 05/18/2018 07:47 AM, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
>> On Thu, May 17, 2018 at 03:16:28PM -0500, Gustavo A. R. Silva wrote:
>>> pdev_nr and rhport can be 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/usb/usbip/vhci_sysfs.c:238 detach_store() warn: potential spectre issue 'vhcis'
>>> drivers/usb/usbip/vhci_sysfs.c:328 attach_store() warn: potential spectre issue 'vhcis'
>>> drivers/usb/usbip/vhci_sysfs.c:338 attach_store() warn: potential spectre issue 'vhci->vhci_hcd_ss->vdev'
>>> drivers/usb/usbip/vhci_sysfs.c:340 attach_store() warn: potential spectre issue 'vhci->vhci_hcd_hs->vdev'
>>> Fix this by sanitizing pdev_nr and rhport before using them to index
>>> vhcis and vhci->vhci_hcd_ss->vdev respectively.
>>> 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].
>>> [1]
>>> Cc:
>>> Signed-off-by: Gustavo A. R. Silva <>
>>> ---
>>> Changes in v2:
>>> - Place the barriers into valid_port.
> attach_store() doesn't call valid_port() - can you make the change to
> have attach_store() call valid_port() to protect that code path.
>> Thanks for the change. I'll wait for Shuah's ack/review before queueing
>> this up just as she knows that codebase much better than anyone else.


I've been talking with Dan Williams (intel) about this kind of issues
[1] and it seems my original assumptions are correct. Hence, this patch
is not useful and, in order to actually prevent speculation here we
would need to pass the address of pdev_nr and rhport into valid_port,
otherwise there may be speculation at drivers/usb/usbip/vhci_sysfs.c:235:

if (!valid_port(pdev_nr, rhport))
return -EINVAL;

hcd = platform_get_drvdata(vhcis[pdev_nr].pdev);



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