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SubjectRe: [PATCH] vgacon: fix out of bounds write to the scrollback buffer
Hi, OTOH, you should have CCed all the (public) lists.

On 30. 07. 20, 4:50, 张云海 wrote:
> Zhang Xiao points out that the check should use > instead of >=,
> otherwise the last line will be skip.
> I agree with that, so I modify the patch.
> Could you please verify that it is still correct and sufficient?

IMO, yes, correct -- I was thinking about this yesterday too. Just an
example: hypothetically, if we had:
size_row = 1
tail = 29
size = 30

data[29] would be the last accessible member. Writing to data + tail (as
"29 + 1 > 30" doesn't hold, so the modified check would pass), i.e.
data[29] is still OK. So yes, > is OK, >= would waste space and would be
actually incorrect.

> BTW, Zhang Xiao also points out that the check after the memcpy can be
> remove.
> I also think that was right, but vgacon_scrollback_cur->tail may keep
> the value vgacon_scrollback_cur->size in some case. That is not a
> problem in vgacon_scrollback_update because of the check before the
> memcpy. However, that may break some other code which assumes that
> vgacon_scrollback_cur->tail won't be vgacon_scrollback_cur->size. I do
> not know if there are such code, and if it is the code actually should
> check it too. But I still not remove the check in the patch to make sure
> it won't breaks other code.

As I wrote about this yesterday:
I am also not sure the test I was pointing out on the top of this
message would be of any use after the change. But maybe leave the code
rest in peace.

I would let it as is in this particular code. Especially because
vgacon_scrolldelta takes ->tail into consideration and I was too lazy to
study the code there. But if you are willing to study the code there and
confirm the check is superfluous, feel free to remove it. Perhaps in a
separate patch. I was actually testing with the check removed and didn't
hit any issue (which means, in fact, exactly nothing).

> From ad143ede24ff4e61292cc9c96000100aacd97259 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
> From: Yunhai Zhang <>
> Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2020 09:58:03 +0800
> Subject: [PATCH] Fix for missing check in vgacon scrollback handling
> vgacon_scrollback_update() always left enbough room in the scrollback

"leaves enough"

> buffer for the next call, but if the console size changed that room
> might not actually be enough, and so we need to re-check.

Also, could you add reasoning why you are adding the check to the loop
and not outside (for instance, use your reasoning with numbers or CSI M
as an example).

Could you add a sample output here, something like I had:
This leads to random crashes or KASAN reports like:
BUG: KASAN: slab-out-of-bounds in vgacon_scroll+0x57a/0x8ed

It's then easier to google for when this happens to someone who runs
non-patched kernels.

> This fixes CVE-2020-14331.
> Reported-and-debugged-by: 张云海 <>
> Reported-and-debugged-by: Yang Yingliang <>
> Reported-by: Kyungtae Kim <>
> Fixes: 15bdab959c9b ([PATCH] vgacon: Add support for soft scrollback)
> Cc: Linus Torvalds <>
> Cc: Greg KH <>
> Cc: Solar Designer <>
> Cc: "Srivatsa S. Bhat" <>
> Cc: Anthony Liguori <>
> Cc: Yang Yingliang <>
> Cc: Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz <>

Oh, and we should:

> Signed-off-by: Yunhai Zhang <>
> ---
> drivers/video/console/vgacon.c | 4 ++++
> 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+)
> diff --git a/drivers/video/console/vgacon.c b/drivers/video/console/vgacon.c
> index 998b0de1812f..37b5711cd958 100644
> --- a/drivers/video/console/vgacon.c
> +++ b/drivers/video/console/vgacon.c
> @@ -251,6 +251,10 @@ static void vgacon_scrollback_update(struct vc_data *c, int t, int count)
> p = (void *) (c->vc_origin + t * c->vc_size_row);
> while (count--) {
> + if ((vgacon_scrollback_cur->tail + c->vc_size_row) >
> + vgacon_scrollback_cur->size)
> + vgacon_scrollback_cur->tail = 0;
> +
> scr_memcpyw(vgacon_scrollback_cur->data +
> vgacon_scrollback_cur->tail,
> p, c->vc_size_row);

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