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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mtd: nftl: Remove VLA usage
On Sun, Apr 29, 2018 at 2:16 AM, Boris Brezillon
<boris.brezillon@bootlin.com> wrote:
> Hi Kees,
>
> On Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:35:00 -0700
> Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org> wrote:
>
>> On the quest to remove all VLAs from the kernel[1] this changes the
>> check_free_sectors() routine to use the same stack buffer for both
>> data byte checks (SECTORSIZE) and oob byte checks (oobsize). Since
>> these regions aren't needed at the same time, they don't need to be
>> consecutively allocated. Additionally, while it's possible for oobsize
>> to be large, it is unlikely to be larger than the actual SECTORSIZE. As
>> such, remove the VLA, adjust offsets and add a sanity check to make sure
>> we never get a pathological oobsize.
>>
>> [1] https://lkml.kernel.org/r/CA+55aFzCG-zNmZwX4A2FQpadafLfEzK6CC=qPXydAacU1RqZWA@mail.gmail.com
>>
>> Signed-off-by: Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org>
>> ---
>> drivers/mtd/inftlmount.c | 11 ++++++++---
>> drivers/mtd/nftlmount.c | 11 ++++++++---
>> 2 files changed, 16 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)
>>
>> diff --git a/drivers/mtd/inftlmount.c b/drivers/mtd/inftlmount.c
>> index aab4f68bd36f..9cdae7f0fc2e 100644
>> --- a/drivers/mtd/inftlmount.c
>> +++ b/drivers/mtd/inftlmount.c
>> @@ -334,7 +334,7 @@ static int memcmpb(void *a, int c, int n)
>> static int check_free_sectors(struct INFTLrecord *inftl, unsigned int address,
>> int len, int check_oob)
>> {
>> - u8 buf[SECTORSIZE + inftl->mbd.mtd->oobsize];
>> + u8 buf[SECTORSIZE];
>
> Could we instead move to dynamic allocation. I mean, SECTORSIZE is 512
> bytes, so only with this function we consume 1/16 of the stack. Not to
> mention that some MTD drivers might want to do DMA on buffer passed by
> the MTD user, and if the buffer is on the stack they'll have to use a
> bounce buffer instead.

Sure! I can rework it to do that. Is GFP_KERNEL okay for that, or does
it need something else?

-Kees

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Kees Cook
Pixel Security

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