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Subject[PATCH v2] netfilter: nfnetlink: Improve input length sanitization in nfnetlink_rcv
Verify that the length of the socket buffer is sufficient to cover the
nlmsghdr structure before accessing the nlh->nlmsg_len field for further
input sanitization. If the client only supplies 1-3 bytes of data in
sk_buff, then nlh->nlmsg_len remains partially uninitialized and
contains leftover memory from the corresponding kernel allocation.
Operating on such data may result in indeterminate evaluation of the
nlmsg_len < NLMSG_HDRLEN expression.

The bug was discovered by a runtime instrumentation designed to detect
use of uninitialized memory in the kernel. The patch prevents this and
other similar tools (e.g. KMSAN) from flagging this behavior in the future.

Signed-off-by: Mateusz Jurczyk <>
Changes in v2:
- Compare skb->len against NLMSG_HDRLEN to avoid assuming the layout of
the nlmsghdr structure.

net/netfilter/nfnetlink.c | 3 ++-
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/net/netfilter/nfnetlink.c b/net/netfilter/nfnetlink.c
index 80f5ecf2c3d7..1f9667f52be5 100644
--- a/net/netfilter/nfnetlink.c
+++ b/net/netfilter/nfnetlink.c
@@ -491,7 +491,8 @@ static void nfnetlink_rcv(struct sk_buff *skb)
struct nlmsghdr *nlh = nlmsg_hdr(skb);

- if (nlh->nlmsg_len < NLMSG_HDRLEN ||
+ if (skb->len < NLMSG_HDRLEN ||
+ nlh->nlmsg_len < NLMSG_HDRLEN ||
skb->len < nlh->nlmsg_len)

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