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Subject[PATCH 4.16 010/110] ALSA: control: fix a redundant-copy issue
4.16-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Wenwen Wang <>

commit 3f12888dfae2a48741c4caa9214885b3aaf350f9 upstream.

In snd_ctl_elem_add_compat(), the fields of the struct 'data' need to be
copied from the corresponding fields of the struct 'data32' in userspace.
This is achieved by invoking copy_from_user() and get_user() functions. The
problem here is that the 'type' field is copied twice. One is by
copy_from_user() and one is by get_user(). Given that the 'type' field is
not used between the two copies, the second copy is *completely* redundant
and should be removed for better performance and cleanup. Also, these two
copies can cause inconsistent data: as the struct 'data32' resides in
userspace and a malicious userspace process can race to change the 'type'
field between the two copies to cause inconsistent data. Depending on how
the data is used in the future, such an inconsistency may cause potential
security risks.

For above reasons, we should take out the second copy.

Signed-off-by: Wenwen Wang <>
Cc: <>
Signed-off-by: Takashi Iwai <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

sound/core/control_compat.c | 3 +--
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 2 deletions(-)

--- a/sound/core/control_compat.c
+++ b/sound/core/control_compat.c
@@ -396,8 +396,7 @@ static int snd_ctl_elem_add_compat(struc
if (copy_from_user(&data->id, &data32->id, sizeof(data->id)) ||
copy_from_user(&data->type, &data32->type, 3 * sizeof(u32)))
goto error;
- if (get_user(data->owner, &data32->owner) ||
- get_user(data->type, &data32->type))
+ if (get_user(data->owner, &data32->owner))
goto error;
switch (data->type) {

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