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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] staging: lustre: llite: fix potential missing-check bug when copying lumv
On Tue, May 1, 2018 at 3:46 AM, Dan Carpenter <dan.carpenter@oracle.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 30, 2018 at 05:56:10PM -0500, Wenwen Wang wrote:
>> However, given that the user data resides in the user space, a malicious
>> user-space process can race to change the data between the two copies. By
>> doing so, the attacker can provide a data with an inconsistent version,
>> e.g., v1 version + v3 data. This can lead to logical errors in the
>> following execution in ll_dir_setstripe(), which performs different actions
>> according to the version specified by the field lmm_magic.
>
> This part is misleading. The fix is to improve readability and make
> static checkers happy. You're over dramatizing it to make people think
> it has a security impact when it doesn't.
>
> If the user wants to specify v1 data they can just say that on the first
> read. They don't need to do funny tricks and race between the two
> reads. It's allowed.
>
> In other words this allows the user to do something in a very
> complicated way which they are already allowed to do in a very simple
> straight forward way.
>
> regards,
> dan carpenter

Thanks for your comment, Dan! How about this:

However, given that the user data resides in the user space, a
malicious user-space process can race to change the data between the
two copies. By doing so, the attacker can provide a data with an
inconsistent version, e.g., v1 version + v3 data. The current kernel
can handle such inconsistent data. But, it may pose a potential
security risk for future implementations. Also, to improve code
readability and make static analysis tools happy, which will warn
about read-verify-re-read type bugs, this issue should be fixed.

Thanks,
Wenwen

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