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Subject[PATCH resend] binder: Prevent context manager from incrementing ref 0
Binder is designed such that a binder_proc never has references to
itself. If this rule is violated, memory corruption can occur when a
process sends a transaction to itself; see e.g.

There is a remaining edgecase through which such a transaction-to-self
can still occur from the context of a task with BINDER_SET_CONTEXT_MGR

- task A opens /dev/binder twice, creating binder_proc instances P1
and P2
- P1 becomes context manager
- P2 calls ACQUIRE on the magic handle 0, allocating index 0 in its
handle table
- P1 dies (by closing the /dev/binder fd and waiting a bit)
- P2 becomes context manager
- P2 calls ACQUIRE on the magic handle 0, allocating index 1 in its
handle table
[this triggers a warning: "binder: 1974:1974 tried to acquire
reference to desc 0, got 1 instead"]
- task B opens /dev/binder once, creating binder_proc instance P3
- P3 calls P2 (via magic handle 0) with (void*)1 as argument (two-way
- P2 receives the handle and uses it to call P3 (two-way transaction)
- P3 calls P2 (via magic handle 0) (two-way transaction)
- P2 calls P2 (via handle 1) (two-way transaction)

And then, if P2 does *NOT* accept the incoming transaction work, but
instead closes the binder fd, we get a crash.

Solve it by preventing the context manager from using ACQUIRE on ref 0.
There shouldn't be any legitimate reason for the context manager to do

Additionally, print a warning if someone manages to find another way to
trigger a transaction-to-self bug in the future.

Fixes: 457b9a6f09f0 ("Staging: android: add binder driver")
Signed-off-by: Jann Horn <>
sending again because I forgot to CC LKML the first time... sorry about
the spam.

drivers/android/binder.c | 14 +++++++++++++-
1 file changed, 13 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/android/binder.c b/drivers/android/binder.c
index f50c5f182bb5..cac65ff3a257 100644
--- a/drivers/android/binder.c
+++ b/drivers/android/binder.c
@@ -2982,6 +2982,12 @@ static void binder_transaction(struct binder_proc *proc,
goto err_dead_binder;
e->to_node = target_node->debug_id;
+ if (WARN_ON(proc == target_proc)) {
+ return_error = BR_FAILED_REPLY;
+ return_error_param = -EINVAL;
+ return_error_line = __LINE__;
+ goto err_invalid_target_handle;
+ }
if (security_binder_transaction(proc->tsk,
target_proc->tsk) < 0) {
return_error = BR_FAILED_REPLY;
@@ -3635,10 +3641,16 @@ static int binder_thread_write(struct binder_proc *proc,
struct binder_node *ctx_mgr_node;
ctx_mgr_node = context->binder_context_mgr_node;
- if (ctx_mgr_node)
+ if (ctx_mgr_node) {
+ if (ctx_mgr_node->proc == proc) {
+ binder_user_error("%d:%d context manager tried to acquire desc 0\n");
+ mutex_unlock(&context->context_mgr_node_lock);
+ return -EINVAL;
+ }
ret = binder_inc_ref_for_node(
proc, ctx_mgr_node,
strong, NULL, &rdata);
+ }
if (ret)
base-commit: 2a89b99f580371b86ae9bafd6cbeccd3bfab524a

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