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SubjectRe: [Jfs-discussion] [PATCH] jfs: Expand usercopy whitelist for inline inode data
On Thu, Aug 16, 2018 at 11:56 PM, Christian Kujau <> wrote:
> On Fri, 3 Aug 2018, Kees Cook via Jfs-discussion wrote:
>> Bart Massey reported what turned out to be a usercopy whitelist false
>> positive in JFS when symlink contents exceeded 128 bytes. The inline
>> inode data (i_inline) is actually designed to overflow into the "extended
> So, this may be a stupid question, but: is there a way to disable this
> hardened usercopy thing with a boot option maybe?
> Apparently, CONFIG_HARDENED_USERCOPY_FALLBACK was disabled in Debian's
> 4.16.0-0.bpo.2-amd64 (4.16.16) kernels[0] and I have a VMware guest here
> that prints a BUG message (below) whenever a certain directory is being
> accesses. ls(1) is fine, but "ls -l" (i.e. with stat()) produces the splat
> below. And indeed, the target of one of the symlinks inside is 129
> characters long, and every attempt to stat it prints the splat below.
> Going back to 4.16.0-0.bpo.1-amd64 (4.16.5) helps, but I was wondering if
> there was a magic boot option to disable it while I wait for 4.18 to land
> in Debian? I booted with hardened_usercopy=off, but it doesn't seem to
> have an effect and the directory is still inaccessible.

Precisely this was just added upstream[1] for 4.19 but isn't available
in 4.16. It should be trivial to backport it, though, if Ben wants to
do that? (The JFS fix is in the 4.17 and 4.18 -stable trees now, too,



Kees Cook
Pixel Security

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