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Subject[PATCH] Fix off by one in tools/perf strncpy size argument
From: disconnect3d <>

This patch fixes an off-by-one error in strncpy size argument in
tools/perf/util/map.c. The issue is that in:

strncmp(filename, "/system/lib/", 11)

the passed string literal: "/system/lib/" has 12 bytes (without the NULL
byte) and the passed size argument is 11. As a result, the logic won't
match the ending "/" byte and will pass filepaths that are stored in
other directories e.g. "/system/libmalicious/bin" or just

This functionality seems to be present only on Android. I assume the
/system/ directory is only writable by the root user, so I don't
think this bug has much (or any) security impact.

Signed-off-by: disconnect3d <>

I can't test this patch, so if someone can, please, do so.

The bug could also be fixed by changing the size argument to `sizeof("string literal")-1` but I am not proposing this change as that would have to be changed in other places.

There are also more cases like this in kernel sources which I am going to report soon.

Also please note that other path comparisons in this file lack the "/" at the end and it seems they may imply similar issue. I haven't analysed the code deeply to see if that is a real issue.

This bug has been found by running a massive grep-like search using Google's BigQuery on GitHub repositories data. I am also going to work on a CodeQL/Semmle query to be able to find more sophisticated cases like this that can't be found via grepping.

tools/perf/util/map.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/tools/perf/util/map.c b/tools/perf/util/map.c
index a08ca276098e..addd7edb0486 100644
--- a/tools/perf/util/map.c
+++ b/tools/perf/util/map.c
@@ -89,7 +89,7 @@ static inline bool replace_android_lib(const char *filename, char *newfilename)
return true;

- if (!strncmp(filename, "/system/lib/", 11)) {
+ if (!strncmp(filename, "/system/lib/", 12)) {
char *ndk, *app;
const char *arch;
size_t ndk_length;
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