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Subject[PATCH v17 01/15] arm64: untag user pointers in access_ok and __uaccess_mask_ptr
This patch is a part of a series that extends arm64 kernel ABI to allow to
pass tagged user pointers (with the top byte set to something else other
than 0x00) as syscall arguments.

copy_from_user (and a few other similar functions) are used to copy data
from user memory into the kernel memory or vice versa. Since a user can
provided a tagged pointer to one of the syscalls that use copy_from_user,
we need to correctly handle such pointers.

Do this by untagging user pointers in access_ok and in __uaccess_mask_ptr,
before performing access validity checks.

Note, that this patch only temporarily untags the pointers to perform the
checks, but then passes them as is into the kernel internals.

Reviewed-by: Kees Cook <>
Reviewed-by: Catalin Marinas <>
Signed-off-by: Andrey Konovalov <>
arch/arm64/include/asm/uaccess.h | 10 +++++++---
1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/arm64/include/asm/uaccess.h b/arch/arm64/include/asm/uaccess.h
index e5d5f31c6d36..df729afca0ba 100644
--- a/arch/arm64/include/asm/uaccess.h
+++ b/arch/arm64/include/asm/uaccess.h
@@ -73,6 +73,8 @@ static inline unsigned long __range_ok(const void __user *addr, unsigned long si
unsigned long ret, limit = current_thread_info()->addr_limit;

+ addr = untagged_addr(addr);
asm volatile(
// A + B <= C + 1 for all A,B,C, in four easy steps:
@@ -226,7 +228,8 @@ static inline void uaccess_enable_not_uao(void)

* Sanitise a uaccess pointer such that it becomes NULL if above the
- * current addr_limit.
+ * current addr_limit. In case the pointer is tagged (has the top byte set),
+ * untag the pointer before checking.
#define uaccess_mask_ptr(ptr) (__typeof__(ptr))__uaccess_mask_ptr(ptr)
static inline void __user *__uaccess_mask_ptr(const void __user *ptr)
@@ -234,10 +237,11 @@ static inline void __user *__uaccess_mask_ptr(const void __user *ptr)
void __user *safe_ptr;

asm volatile(
- " bics xzr, %1, %2\n"
+ " bics xzr, %3, %2\n"
" csel %0, %1, xzr, eq\n"
: "=&r" (safe_ptr)
- : "r" (ptr), "r" (current_thread_info()->addr_limit)
+ : "r" (ptr), "r" (current_thread_info()->addr_limit),
+ "r" (untagged_addr(ptr))
: "cc");

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