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SubjectRe: [PATCH v6 08/22] bootconfig: init: Allow admin to use bootconfig for init command line
On Fri, Feb 07, 2020 at 02:46:03PM -0500, Steven Rostedt wrote:
> On Fri, 7 Feb 2020 10:03:16 -0800
> Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org> wrote:
> > > + len = strlen(saved_command_line);
> > > + if (!strstr(boot_command_line, " -- ")) {
> > > + strcpy(saved_command_line + len, " -- ");
> > > + len += 4;
> > > + } else
> > > + saved_command_line[len++] = ' ';
> > > +
> > > + strcpy(saved_command_line + len, extra_init_args);
> > > + }
> >
> > This isn't safe because it will destroy any argument with " -- " in
> > quotes and anything after it. For example, booting with:
> >
> > thing=on acpi_osi="! -- " other=setting
> >
> > will wreck acpi_osi's value and potentially overwrite "other=settings",
> > etc.
> >
> > (Yes, this seems very unlikely, but you can't treat " -- " as special,
> > the command line string must be correct parsed for double quotes, as
> > parse_args() does.)
> >
>
> This is not the args you are looking for. ;-)
>
> There is a slight bug, but not as bad as you may think it is.
> bootconfig (when added to the command line) will look for a json like
> file appended to the initrd, and it will parse that. That's what all the
> xbc_*() functions do (extended boot commandline). If one of the options
> in that json like file is "init", then it will create the
> extra_init_args, which will make ilen greater than zero.
>
> The above if statement looks for that ' -- ', and if it doesn't find it
> (strcmp() returns NULL when not found) it will than append " -- " to
> the boot_command_line. If it is found, then the " -- " is not added. In
> either case, the init args found in the json like file in the initrd is
> appended to the saved_command_line.
>
> I did say there's a slight bug here. If you have your condition, and
> you add init arguments to that json file, it wont properly add the " --
> ", and the init arguments in that file will be ignored.

Ah, right, it's even more slight, sorry, I had the strstr() in my head
still. So, yes, with an "init" section and a very goofy " -- " present
in a kernel bootparam string value, the appended init args will be
parsed as kernel options.

--
Kees Cook

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