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SubjectRe: [PATCH v1 2/6] lib: scanf: handle integer overflows in vsscanf
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On 11.03.2019 0:52, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 10, 2019 at 2:06 PM Rasmus Villemoes
> <linux@rasmusvillemoes.dk> wrote:
>>
>> IIRC, this has been attempted before, causing a userspace regression
>> because some sysfs/procfs file matched with %u or %x, and somebody wrote
>> -1 to get 0xffffffff .
>
> .. which is correct anyway. That's how scanf is supposed to work.

Well. In this case '%u' sscanf in kernel is already broken.
%u does not accept minus sign and looks like never does.

'is_sign' is set only for %d and %i,
without it string couldn't pass initial check of first "digit".

More over simple_strtoul never accepted '-'.

Glibc version indeed accepts '-1' as %u and returns 0xFFFFFFFF
which isn't in manpage:' optionally signed' mentioned only for %d and %i.
But this explicitly mentioned in manpage for 'stroul'.

>
> If somebody needs overflow checking, they shouldn't be using scanf.
>
> Linus
>

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