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SubjectRe: [PATCH net] vhost: Use kzalloc() to allocate vhost_msg_node
On Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 6:25 PM, Dmitry Vyukov <dvyukov@google.com> wrote:
>>> >> The struct vhost_msg within struct vhost_msg_node is copied to userspace,
>>> >> so it should be allocated with kzalloc() to ensure all structure padding
>>> >> is zeroed.
>>> >>
>>> >> Signed-off-by: Kevin Easton <kevin@guarana.org>
>>> >> Reported-by: syzbot+87cfa083e727a224754b@syzkaller.appspotmail.com
>>> >
>>> > Does it help if a patch naming the padding is applied,
>>> > and then we init just the relevant field?
>>> > Just curious.
>>>
>>> Yes, it would help.
>>
>> I think it's slightly better that way then. node has a lot of internal
>> stuff we don't care to init. Would you mind taking my patch and building
>> on top of that then?
>
>
> But it's asking for more information leaks in future. This looks like
> work for compiler.


Modern compilers are perfectly capable of doing this:

#include <memory.h>
#include <unistd.h>
int main()
{
int x[10];
memset(&x, 0, sizeof(x));
x[0] = 0;
x[2] = 2;
x[3] = 3;
x[4] = 4;
x[5] = 5;
x[6] = 6;
x[7] = 7;
x[8] = 8;
x[9] = 9;
write(0, x, sizeof(x));
return 0;
}

gcc 7.2 -O3

0000000000000540 <main>:
540: sub $0x38,%rsp
544: mov $0x28,%edx
549: xor %edi,%edi
54b: movdqa 0x1cd(%rip),%xmm0 # 720 <_IO_stdin_used+0x10>
553: mov %rsp,%rsi
556: movq $0x0,(%rsp)
55e: movups %xmm0,0x8(%rsp)
563: movdqa 0x1c5(%rip),%xmm0 # 730 <_IO_stdin_used+0x20>
56b: movups %xmm0,0x18(%rsp)
570: callq 520 <write@plt>
575: xor %eax,%eax
577: add $0x38,%rsp
57b: retq
57c: nopl 0x0(%rax)


But they will not put a security hole next time fields are shuffled.




>>> >> ---
>>> >> drivers/vhost/vhost.c | 2 +-
>>> >> 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
>>> >>
>>> >> diff --git a/drivers/vhost/vhost.c b/drivers/vhost/vhost.c
>>> >> index f3bd8e9..1b84dcff 100644
>>> >> --- a/drivers/vhost/vhost.c
>>> >> +++ b/drivers/vhost/vhost.c
>>> >> @@ -2339,7 +2339,7 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(vhost_disable_notify);
>>> >> /* Create a new message. */
>>> >> struct vhost_msg_node *vhost_new_msg(struct vhost_virtqueue *vq, int type)
>>> >> {
>>> >> - struct vhost_msg_node *node = kmalloc(sizeof *node, GFP_KERNEL);
>>> >> + struct vhost_msg_node *node = kzalloc(sizeof *node, GFP_KERNEL);
>>> >> if (!node)
>>> >> return NULL;
>>> >> node->vq = vq;
>>> >> --
>>> >> 2.8.1

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