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SubjectRe: BUG: bad usercopy in memdup_user
On Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 3:08 PM, Tetsuo Handa
<penguin-kernel@i-love.sakura.ne.jp> wrote:
> Dmitry Vyukov wrote:
>> On Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 2:22 PM, Matthew Wilcox <willy@infradead.org> wrote:
>> >> > >> This BUG is reporting
>> >> > >>
>> >> > >> [ 26.089789] usercopy: kernel memory overwrite attempt detected to 0000000022a5b430 (kmalloc-1024) (1024 bytes)
>> >> > >>
>> >> > >> line. But isn't 0000000022a5b430 strange for kmalloc(1024, GFP_KERNEL)ed kernel address?
>> >> > >
>> >> > > The address is hashed (see the %p threads for 4.15).
>> >> >
>> >> >
>> >> > +Tobin, is there a way to disable hashing entirely? The only
>> >> > designation of syzbot is providing crash reports to kernel developers
>> >> > with as much info as possible. It's fine for it to leak whatever.
>> >>
>> >> We have new specifier %px to print addresses in hex if leaking info is
>> >> not a worry.
>> >
>> > Could we have a way to know that the printed address is hashed and not just
>> > a pointer getting completely scrogged? Perhaps prefix it with ... a hash!
>> > So this line would look like:
>> >
>> > [ 26.089789] usercopy: kernel memory overwrite attempt detected to #0000000022a5b430 (kmalloc-1024) (1024 bytes)
>> >
>> > Or does that miss the point of hashing the address, so the attacker
>> > thinks its a real address?
>>
>> If we do something with this, I would suggest that we just disable
>> hashing. Any of the concerns that lead to hashed pointers are not
>> applicable in this context, moreover they are harmful, cause confusion
>> and make it harder to debug these bugs. That perfectly can be an
>> opt-in CONFIG_DEBUG_INSECURE_BLA_BLA_BLA.
>>
> Why not a kernel command line option? Hashing by default.


Would work for continuous testing systems too.
I just thought that since it has security implications, a config would
be more reliable. Say if a particular distribution builds kernel
without this config, then there is no way to enable it on the fly,
intentionally or not.

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