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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] dccp: ccid: move timers to struct dccp_sock
On Fri, Oct 16, 2020 at 03:30:16PM -0700, Jakub Kicinski wrote:
> On Tue, 13 Oct 2020 19:18:48 +0200 Kleber Sacilotto de Souza wrote:
> > From: Thadeu Lima de Souza Cascardo <>
> >
> > When dccps_hc_tx_ccid is freed, ccid timers may still trigger. The reason
> > del_timer_sync can't be used is because this relies on keeping a reference
> > to struct sock. But as we keep a pointer to dccps_hc_tx_ccid and free that
> > during disconnect, the timer should really belong to struct dccp_sock.
> >
> > This addresses CVE-2020-16119.
> >
> > Fixes: 839a6094140a (net: dccp: Convert timers to use timer_setup())
> > Signed-off-by: Thadeu Lima de Souza Cascardo <>
> > Signed-off-by: Kleber Sacilotto de Souza <>
> I've been mulling over this fix.
> The layering violation really doesn't sit well.
> We're reusing the timer object. What if we are really unlucky, the
> fires and gets blocked by a cosmic ray just as it's about to try to
> lock the socket, then user manages to reconnect, and timer starts
> again. Potentially with a different CCID algo altogether?
> Is disconnect ever called under the BH lock? Maybe plumb a bool
> argument through to ccid*_hc_tx_exit() and do a sk_stop_timer_sync()
> when called from disconnect()?
> Or do refcounting on ccid_priv so that the timer holds both the socket
> and the priv?

Sorry about too late a response. I was on vacation, then came back and spent a
couple of days testing this further, and had to switch to other tasks.

So, while testing this, I had to resort to tricks like having a very small
expire and enqueuing on a different CPU. Then, after some minutes, I hit a UAF.
That's with or without the first of the second patch.

I also tried to refcount ccid instead of the socket, keeping the timer on the
ccid, but that still hit the UAF, and that's when I had to switch tasks. Oh,
and in the meantime, I found one or two other fixes that we should apply, will
send them shortly.

But I would argue that we should apply the revert as it addresses the CVE,
without really regressing the other UAF, as I argued. Does that make sense?

Thank you.

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