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SubjectRe: [PATCH v9 2/4] seccomp: switch system call argument type to void *
On Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 12:01 AM Serge E. Hallyn <serge@hallyn.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 02, 2018 at 08:28:25PM -0700, Tycho Andersen wrote:
> > The const qualifier causes problems for any code that wants to write to the
> > third argument of the seccomp syscall, as we will do in a future patch in
> > this series.
> >
> > The third argument to the seccomp syscall is documented as void *, so
> > rather than just dropping the const, let's switch everything to use void *
> > as well.
> >
> > I believe this is safe because of 1. the documentation above, 2. there's no
> > real type information exported about syscalls anywhere besides the man
> > pages.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Tycho Andersen <tycho@tycho.ws>
> > CC: Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org>
> > CC: Andy Lutomirski <luto@amacapital.net>
> > CC: Oleg Nesterov <oleg@redhat.com>
> > CC: Eric W. Biederman <ebiederm@xmission.com>
> > CC: "Serge E. Hallyn" <serge@hallyn.com>
>
> Acked-by: Serge Hallyn <serge@hallyn.com>
>
> Though I'm not entirely convinced there will be no ill effects of changing
> the argument type. I'll feel comfortable when Michael and Paul say it's
> fine :)

Well, looking at the seccomp(2) manpage on my system (dated
2018-02-02) the third argument is already shown as a "void *args":

SYNOPSIS
#include <linux/seccomp.h>
#include <linux/filter.h>
#include <linux/audit.h>
#include <linux/signal.h>
#include <sys/ptrace.h>

int seccomp(unsigned int operation, unsigned int flags, void *args);

... so I think we're safe :)

From a libseccomp perspective, we always call seccomp(2) via
syscall(2) so it is unlikely we would ever run into problems, not too
mention that we are just talking about the pointer type used in the
kernel; from a syscall ABI perspective it is still a pointer value and
that is the important part.

> > CC: Christian Brauner <christian@brauner.io>
> > CC: Tyler Hicks <tyhicks@canonical.com>
> > CC: Akihiro Suda <suda.akihiro@lab.ntt.co.jp>
> > ---
> > include/linux/seccomp.h | 2 +-
> > kernel/seccomp.c | 8 ++++----
> > 2 files changed, 5 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/include/linux/seccomp.h b/include/linux/seccomp.h
> > index e5320f6c8654..b5103c019cf4 100644
> > --- a/include/linux/seccomp.h
> > +++ b/include/linux/seccomp.h
> > @@ -43,7 +43,7 @@ extern void secure_computing_strict(int this_syscall);
> > #endif
> >
> > extern long prctl_get_seccomp(void);
> > -extern long prctl_set_seccomp(unsigned long, char __user *);
> > +extern long prctl_set_seccomp(unsigned long, void __user *);
> >
> > static inline int seccomp_mode(struct seccomp *s)
> > {
> > diff --git a/kernel/seccomp.c b/kernel/seccomp.c
> > index 96afc32e041d..393e029f778a 100644
> > --- a/kernel/seccomp.c
> > +++ b/kernel/seccomp.c
> > @@ -924,7 +924,7 @@ static long seccomp_get_action_avail(const char __user *uaction)
> >
> > /* Common entry point for both prctl and syscall. */
> > static long do_seccomp(unsigned int op, unsigned int flags,
> > - const char __user *uargs)
> > + void __user *uargs)
> > {
> > switch (op) {
> > case SECCOMP_SET_MODE_STRICT:
> > @@ -944,7 +944,7 @@ static long do_seccomp(unsigned int op, unsigned int flags,
> > }
> >
> > SYSCALL_DEFINE3(seccomp, unsigned int, op, unsigned int, flags,
> > - const char __user *, uargs)
> > + void __user *, uargs)
> > {
> > return do_seccomp(op, flags, uargs);
> > }
> > @@ -956,10 +956,10 @@ SYSCALL_DEFINE3(seccomp, unsigned int, op, unsigned int, flags,
> > *
> > * Returns 0 on success or -EINVAL on failure.
> > */
> > -long prctl_set_seccomp(unsigned long seccomp_mode, char __user *filter)
> > +long prctl_set_seccomp(unsigned long seccomp_mode, void __user *filter)
> > {
> > unsigned int op;
> > - char __user *uargs;
> > + void __user *uargs;
> >
> > switch (seccomp_mode) {
> > case SECCOMP_MODE_STRICT:
> > --
> > 2.19.1



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paul moore
www.paul-moore.com

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