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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/3] Prevent out-of-bounds access for built-in font data buffers
On Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 01:25:14PM +0200, Daniel Vetter wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 12:56 PM Peilin Ye <yepeilin.cs@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > On Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 11:53:17AM +0200, Daniel Vetter wrote:
> > > On Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 03:11:51AM -0400, Peilin Ye wrote:
> > > > On Tue, Sep 29, 2020 at 04:38:49PM +0200, Daniel Vetter wrote:
> > > > > On Tue, Sep 29, 2020 at 2:34 PM Peilin Ye <yepeilin.cs@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > > > > Ah, and speaking of built-in fonts, see fbcon_startup():
> > > > > >
> > > > > > /* Setup default font */
> > > > > > [...]
> > > > > > vc->vc_font.charcount = 256; /* FIXME Need to support more fonts */
> > > > > > ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> > > > > >
> > > > > > This is because find_font() and get_default_font() return a `struct
> > > > > > font_desc *`, but `struct font_desc` doesn't contain `charcount`. I
> > > > > > think we also need to add a `charcount` field to `struct font_desc`.
> > > > >
> > > > > Hm yeah ... I guess maybe struct font_desc should be the starting
> > > > > point for the kernel internal font structure. It's at least there
> > > > > already ...
> > > >
> > > > I see, that will also make handling built-in fonts much easier!
> > >
> > > I think the only downside with starting with font_desc as the internal
> > > font represenation is that there's a few fields we don't need/have for
> > > userspace fonts (like the id/name stuff). So any helpers to e.g. print out
> > > font information need to make sure they don't trip over that
> > >
> > > But otherwise I don't see a problem with this, I think.
> >
> > Yes, and built-in fonts don't use refcount. Or maybe we can let
> > find_font() and get_default_font() kmalloc() a copy of built-in font
> > data, then keep track of refcount for both user and built-in fonts, but
> > that will waste a few K of memory for each built-in font we use...
>
> A possible trick for this would be to make sure built-in fonts start
> out with a refcount of 1. So never get freed. Plus maybe a check that
> if the name is set, then it's a built-in font and if we ever underflow
> the refcount we just WARN, but don't free anything.
>
> Another trick would be kern_font_get/put wrappers (we'd want those
> anyway if the userspace fonts are refcounted) and if kern_font->name
> != NULL (i.e. built-in font with name) then we simply don't call
> kref_get/put.

Ick, don't do that, the first trick of having them start out with an
increased reference count is the best way here. Makes the code simpler
and no special cases for the tear-down path.

thanks,

greg k-h

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