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SubjectRe: [PATCH] fbdev: potential information leak in do_fb_ioctl()

On 1/13/20 1:49 PM, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 3, 2020 at 2:09 PM Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz
> <> wrote:
>> On 10/29/19 8:02 PM, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>>> The goal is to avoid memory that has values of the previous users of
>>> that memory region from leaking to userspace. Which depending on who
>>> the previous user of that memory region is could tell userspace
>>> information about what the kernel is doing that it should not be allowed
>>> to find out.
>>> I tried to trace through where "info" and thus presumably "info->fix" is
>>> coming from and only made it as far as register_framebuffer. Given
>> "info" (and thus "info->fix") comes from framebuffer_alloc() (which is
>> called by fbdev device drivers prior to registering "info" with
>> register_framebuffer()). framebuffer_alloc() does kzalloc() on "info".
>> Therefore shouldn't memcpy() (as suggested by Jeo Perches) be enough?
> Is it guaranteed that all drivers call framebuffer_alloc() rather than
> open-coding it somewhere?
> Here is a list of all files that call register_framebuffer() without first
> calling framebuffer_alloc:
> $ git grep -wl register_framebuffer | xargs grep -L framebuffer_alloc
> Documentation/fb/framebuffer.rst
> drivers/media/pci/ivtv/ivtvfb.c
> drivers/media/platform/vivid/vivid-osd.c
> drivers/video/fbdev/68328fb.c
> drivers/video/fbdev/acornfb.c
> drivers/video/fbdev/amba-clcd.c
> drivers/video/fbdev/atafb.c
> drivers/video/fbdev/au1100fb.c
> drivers/video/fbdev/controlfb.c
> drivers/video/fbdev/core/fbmem.c
> drivers/video/fbdev/cyber2000fb.c
> drivers/video/fbdev/fsl-diu-fb.c
> drivers/video/fbdev/g364fb.c
> drivers/video/fbdev/goldfishfb.c
> drivers/video/fbdev/hpfb.c
> drivers/video/fbdev/macfb.c
> drivers/video/fbdev/matrox/matroxfb_base.c
> drivers/video/fbdev/matrox/matroxfb_crtc2.c
> drivers/video/fbdev/maxinefb.c
> drivers/video/fbdev/ocfb.c
> drivers/video/fbdev/pxafb.c
> drivers/video/fbdev/sa1100fb.c
> drivers/video/fbdev/stifb.c
> drivers/video/fbdev/valkyriefb.c
> drivers/video/fbdev/vermilion/vermilion.c
> drivers/video/fbdev/vt8500lcdfb.c
> drivers/video/fbdev/wm8505fb.c
> drivers/video/fbdev/xilinxfb.c
> It's possible (even likely, the ones I looked at are fine) that they
> all correctly
> zero out the fb_info structure first, but it seems hard to guarantee, so
> Eric's suggestion would possibly still be the safer choice.

I've audited all above instances and they are all fine. They either
use the fb_info structure embedded in a driver specific structure
(which is zeroed out) or (in case of some m68k specific drivers) use
a static fb_info instance.

Since fbdev is closed for new drivers it should be now fine to use
the simpler approach (just use memcpy()).

Best regards,
Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz
Samsung R&D Institute Poland
Samsung Electronics

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